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A TRUST that provides mental health services to south east Hampshire will be using social media to engage with members of the public.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting a ‘tweet chat’ on Twitter and launching a Facebook page on Monday, which marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The tweet chat, which will take place on Wednesday between midday and 1pm, aims to answer questions people have about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Leading the discussion will be Dr 
Clara Strauss, a clinical psychologist at the trust.

She said: ‘On average people with OCD wait for 10 years before seeking help and social media is a great way of letting people know about OCD and how they can find help sooner rather than later.

‘The tweet chat is for people who have OCD, those who think they might have it, for friends or family members of people with the condition and for healthcare professionals working with people with OCD.’

Those interested in taking part can get involved by using any one of the 
following hashtags: #withoutstigma #OCDtweet.