We're launching our new pebble painting campaign, West Sussex Rocks, to tie in with national Time to Talk Day (February 1st 2018) and hope you will get a paintbrush at the ready to join the trend.
The idea is to spread the word that it's ok to be open about mental health and to use messages on stones to highlight this. There will be 'pebble parties' and workshops, walks hunting for hidden painted stones and lots more. People will be encouraged to post pictures of their stones online.
Time to Talk Day is a chance for us all to be more open about mental health, to talk, to listen and to start changing lives.
Here at Coastal West Sussex Mind, and as a key partner in Time to Change West Sussex, we're hoping people will feel inspired by the pebble painting to share, for example, what makes them smile the most, how they relax or to thank someone for what they have done.
Time to Change West Sussex is part of the growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health.
If you'd like to get involved in West Sussex Rocks, or to find out more about Time to Change, please email email@example.com.
The West Sussex hub is one of the first four in the country and is led by the local health and well-being board. It's a partnership between West Sussex County Council, Coastal West Sussex Mind, Chichester District Council, the Pathfinder West Sussex Alliance, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Mental Health Trust, the Capital Project Trust and local Time to Change champions.The national campaign, which is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, aims to create a sustainable social movement that will last long into the future.
Here in West Sussex, our hub is co-ordinated by Coastal West Sussex Mind. We hold various Time to Change events and activities. You can check out upcoming events and past events on this page.
Could you be a Champion? Time to Change Champions are people with lived experience of mental health problems who want to change attitudes and behaviour.
Champions can arrange and run local events and activities that tackle stigma and discrimination or provide opportunities for 'social contact'.
Find out more about becoming a Time to Change Champion here.
The Champions Fund, launched by Time to Change West Sussex on World Mental Health Day (October 10) 2017, is a pot of money that can enable you to put on an event that aims to end stigma about mental health. Grants of up to £500 are available to people in West Sussex with lived experience of a mental health issue to host an activity that could range from a simple coffee morning or a film showing, to a stall at a fair, a concert or various arts projects.
The idea is that events are put on that give people who have experienced a mental health problem the opportunity talk with people that have not. This is called 'social contact' and is key to promoting mutual understanding and respect.
To be eligible, applicants must have signed up to become a Time to Change West Sussex Champion and
Be 18 or over;
Live in West Sussex and
Have lived experience of a mental health problem.
Interested in applying? Find out more about the grants by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an employer, you can sign the Employer Pledge, demonstrating your commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and making sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported.
Find out more here or email email@example.com.
Time to Talk Day, February 1st, 2018. West Sussex Rocks campaign as above.
Mental Health Awareness Week, May 8th-14th,2018. Update about our events in Mental Health Awareness Week coming here soon.
World Mental Health Day, October 10th 2017
We had several events happening around World Mental Health Day in addition to the exciting launch of our Time to Change West Sussex Champions Fund.
Visit the website: www.time-to-change.org.uk
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