A host of exciting events took place across the county as part of the Time to Change West Sussex campaign to challenge stigma around mental health. There were 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 were 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 was 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 aimed to foster mutual respect and understanding and spread the word that it’s ok to talk about mental health.
A mental health anti-stigma roadshow bus 'Rural Minds Matter' was launched at a big free event at the Grange Leisure Centre. There was yoga, singing sessions, face painting, a pebble painting party and free cream teas.
Many people in Worthing took part in an exciting week-long creative event in the town centre. A further 50 people enjoyed a separate art exhibition in Durrington. Students from Northbrook Met College teamed up with Mental Health Champions to put on a week-long interactive art installation at Colonnade House., There was also a pebble painting party at the end of the week.
One design student said: “Some people tell you to just stop being anxious but if you feel scared and anxious every day, it is important for people to understand what it is like.
“It was never really talked about at my school. I didn’t receive any mental health support, I was just the quiet one I think young people should get help earlier. When I went to college I said I felt anxious and I met someone who talked through what was on offer.”
Another student described how important having open conversations was to feel less isolated. “It is nice to know no-one is alone and there are people feeling the same as me.”
Meanwhile, an exhibition ‘tHINK tALK cREATE’ took place at Coastal West Sussex Mind, at The Gateway, Durrington Lane. Funded by a Time to Change Champions Grant, it was run and organised by people being supported by CWSx Mind.
The organisers (Denise Willsun, Carol Ayling and Cathy Parton) collated over 50 pieces of artwork, including paintings, drawings, colourings, mosaics, clay work and 5D beadings, that were created during the twice weekly art group, by people being supported by CWSx Mind. The exhibition led to lots of conversations about mental health with members of the public.
Also in Worthing: pupils at Bohunt School 'gunged' assistant head teacher Paul Young as a fundraising stunt during Mental Health Awareness Week. Through the gunging and the cake sale they raised £168 in aid of Coastal West Sussex Mind.
Lots of conversations about mental health took place at two events in Littlehampton during the week. There was a free pebble painting party and an art exhibition.
Meanwhile, there was more pebble painting going on at Chichester Library which again gave people the chance to discuss mental health.
Time to Change Champion Kasha was one of a team of five people with lived experience of a mental health issues handing out free flowers in Crawley Town Square 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.
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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