There are a host of exciting events happening across the county as part of the Time to Change West Sussex campaign to challenge stigma around mental health. There are pebble painting parties, an art exhibition, a new 'Rural Minds Matter' bus launch, free cream teas, a week-long interactive arts event and lots more.
Many of the events are thanks to Time to Change 'Champions' - people with lived experience of mental health issues - who successfully applied for grants to host the activities. The popular pebble painting is part of the West Sussex Rocks anti-stigma campaign in which messages on stones are used to spread awareness about mental health.
Time to Change West Sussex has awarded the grants for events that aim to foster mutual respect and understanding and spread the word that it’s ok to talk about mental health.
A week-long interactive art installation at Colonnade House in partnership with Northbrook Met College students, Tuesday 15th May to Saturday 19th. Plus pebble painting party on Saturday 19th. Click for more details.
An arts exhibition and free cake, cuppa and chat at Coastal West Sussex Mind, The Gateway, Durrington, Tuesday 15th May, 10am-2pm.
The launch of a mental health anti-stigma roadshow bus - 'Rural Minds Matters', a big FREE event with yoga, singing sessions, face painting, free cream teas, pebble painting party, the Grange Leisure Centre, Tuesday May 15th, 1pm-5.45pm. Click for more details.
Two free pebble painting parties, Look and Sea Centre, Surrey Street, Wednesday 16th May, 10am-3.30pm. Click for more details.
Free pebble painting party, Chichester Library, Monday 14th May, 11am-3.30pm. Click for more details.
Time to Change Champion Kasha will be one of a team of five people with lived experience of a mental health issues handing out free flowers in Crawley Town Square on Friday May 18th as a conversation starter about mental health and stigma.
Could you apply for money to put on an event that aims to end stigma around mental health? Time to Change West Sussex has a pot of money to give away and is awarding grants of up to £500 to people in West Sussex with a lived experience of a mental health issue to host an activity.
The idea is that events are put on that give people the opportunity talk about mental health and this is key to promoting mutual understanding and respect. Activities or events could range from a simple coffee morning or a film showing, to a stall at a fair, a concert or various arts projects. Maybe you'll be inspired by our latest pebble painting and anti-stigma message campaign and choose to host a pebble painting party (see information and resources below).
To be eligible for a grant for an event or activity, applicants must have signed up to become a Time to Change West Sussex Champion (see below) 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.
Would you like to be part of the growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health?
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'. By social contact, we mean people who have had mental health difficulties talking about it with people who have not.
Find out more about becoming a Time to Change Champion here.
If you are a registered Champion with Time to Change and are planning a social contact event, you can order a free T-shirt here.
The social contact on-line training portal is here.
The Time to Change 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.
Our hub is co-ordinated by Coastal West Sussex Mind. If you are someone who has experienced difficulties with mental health, there is the opportunity to take part in Time to Change West Sussex partnership meetings and help plan campaigns and activities across the county..
To find out more about Time to Change, please email 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
We launched our pebble painting and anti-stigma campaign, as detailed above
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.
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