TALK about your experiences with the Island's mental health services at a 'listening tour'.

The aim is to hear first-hand from people about their mental health and wellbeing during the past 18 months.

Healthwatch Isle of Wight has launched the Mental Health Listening Tour in partnership with Cllr Michael Lilley, the Isle of Wight Council's mental health champion.

The feedback will be published in a report next spring which will be shared with key services, including the Isle of Wight Council, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and the Island’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Partnership.

The report will celebrate good practice as well as highlight any gaps in services.

Sessions will be at Ventnor Anxiety Cafe, Salisbury Gardens, on Monday, October 25, the West Wight Sports and Community Centre, Freshwater, on November 2, and Carers Isle of Wight, Riverside Centre, Newport, on November 4.

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To ensure each session remains Covid secure, people are asked to book in advance by contacting the venues directly or emailing

Anyone who would prefer to provide anonymous feedback can contact Healthwatch Isle of Wight directly.

Simon Bryant, the Island's director of public health, said: "As we recover from the pandemic it is so important we understand people’s experiences and the impact this has had on their mental and emotional wellbeing.

"This will help us develop ways to better help people to improve their own mental wellbeing and to ensure people can access the right support at the right time.”