Coastal West Sussex Mind is leading the way in challenging stigma about mental health in our communities. As a key partner in Time to Change West Sussex, we are part of the growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems.
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'll be holding various Time to Change events and activities, including a special employers' conference around World Mental Health Day in October. You can check out upcoming events below.
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. There's still just time to join our special Employer Event on Friday October 13 in Horsham to find out more about this. Click here.
Find out more here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The first round of applications for the awards runs from World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October 2017) until Thursday 30 November 2017. 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 email@example.com.
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.
We have several events happening around World Mental Health Day in addition to the exciting launch of our Time to Change West Sussex Champions Fund (see above).
Time to Talk Day, February 1st, 2018. Update about our events around Time to Talk Day coming here soon.
Mental Health Awareness Week, May 8th-14th,2018. Update about our events in Mental Health Awareness Week coming here soon.
Free social contact training in Crawley to encourage people to talk openly about mental health, September 5th. Click here for more details.
Visit the website: www.time-to-change.org.uk
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