Time to Change West Sussex

Time to Change West Sussex

Could you apply to our Champions Fund to help change attitudes to mental health?

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.

 

How you can get involved

Employer Pledge

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 ttc@coastalwestsussexmind.org.

 

The Champions Fund

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 ttcwestsussex@coastalwestsussexmind.org.

Becoming a Champion

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.

 

Events and activities

World Mental Health Day, October 10th 2017

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).

  • Firstly, on Sunday 8th, a team of runners took part in the Chichester Half Marathon in aid of Coastal West Sussex Mind. Most of the team were from Rolls Royce, Goodwood, for whom we are charity of the year. It was a great day out and a big thank you goes to all who took part to raise money for us.
  • On World Mental Health Day itself, we will be at Rolls Royce, Goodwood, with a stall raising awareness about mental health, talking to people about and supplying information to members of staff.
  • Meanwhile, at HMRC, Worthing, there are two separate events planned in aid of CWSX Mind, an information stand and a coffee morning.
  • The following day, Wednesday, we will have a stall in the foyer of Tesco, Durrington. At our Worthing hub, The Gateway, service users are planning for spring by planting bulbs in the garden.
  • Then on Thursday our service users and staff in Midhurst are hosting an art exhibition and cream tea. In the evening, we are taking part in the Adur and Worthing Councils' Waves Ahead conference in Shoreham.
  • Friday is another big event for us - our Time to Change West Sussex Employer Event in Horsham. About 30 employers from across the county are joining us to find out more about how they can commit to changing attitudes and behaviours around mental health in the workplace by signing an Employer Pledge.
  • In addition, it is Worthing's Mental Health Awareness Week which has a packed timetable of events and activities through the week at Offington Methodist Church. It culminates in a concert on Friday evening, with a retiring collection in aid of Coastal West Sussex Mind. Thanks to everyone for their support.

Other events

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.

Past events

Free social contact training in Crawley to encourage people to talk openly about mental health, September 5th.  Click here for more details.

What Time To Change has done for me

Amanda's Story

Time to Change's impact

  • Since Time to Change began in 2007, 3.4 million adults in England have improved attitudes towards mental health problems – that’s an improvement of 8.3% between 2008 and 2014. More than 473 organisations have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge, including Marks & Spencer, BT, E:on, Lloyds Bank, Tesco, British Gas, Unilever, Royal Mail, the Bank of England, WH Smith, Pizza Hut, every Government department, universities, sports clubs, and councils.
  • We’ve worked with more than 4,300 schools, We’ve more than 7,000 Time To Change champions working in local communities, We have 175,000 Twitter followers and 315,000 Facebook likes.

Find out more about Time To Change

Visit the website: www.time-to-change.org.uk

 

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