Open Minds campaign 2019

Decorating mental well-being boxes

Our mental health champions name our new campaign 'Human Kindness for Open Mindness'

Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13-19)

Coastal West Sussex Mind has some exciting FREE events for adults and families in Midhurst, Worthing and Littlehampton during Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13-19). They all form part of our latest anti-stigma campaign, dubbed 'Human Kindness to Open Mindness' by the people who get support with us. .

Midhurst, May 14, The Grange Community and Leisure Centre, Bepton Road, GU29 9HD

All-day creative wellness activities, free self-care gifts, singing session, yoga, free roller blading for children, cream teas, badminton, table tennis, junior gym. Information on mental health. Lots more. All welcome. Come for the day or just pop by. Full day's programme here.

Worthing, May 14-20, Colonnade House, 47 Warwick Street, BN11 3DH

A week-long public arts event in which people can choose what items they would like to include in well-being boxes from a ‘pick and mix’ selection.

Coastal West Sussex Mind’s anti-stigma co-ordinator Louisa Hernandez said: “There will be plenty of opportunities to talk to our staff and mental health champions. Over the weekend, we will have two free workshops to create mini well-being boxes. Everyone is welcome.”

Theatre design degree and diploma students from Northbrook Met College will have their own exciting and dynamin exhibition at Colonnade House including props, scale models, costumes and photographs. They will also help at the event, creating a colourful pick and mix stand that will hold the different trinkets and tools for people to choose from for their well-being boxes.

In addition, plenty of well-being boxes will be pre-packed with gifts such as Body Shop miniatures, clay hearts and shapes, tools and tips for managing mental health and printed affirmations for people to take away. There will also be boxes suitable for children.

Littlehampton, Friday May 17, Town market, High Street, BN17 5EE

We will have a stall at Littlehampton Town Market, giving away free mini well-being boxes. People will be able to choose items to include from a pick and mix selection.

Coastal West Sussex Mind’s anti-stigma co-ordinator Louisa Hernandez said: “There will be plenty of opportunities at our events to talk to our staff and mental health champions. Everyone is welcome."

  • Wherever you are in West Sussex, if you'd like to create your own event, we'll provide you all the materials you need to get started.

As part of the Human Kindness to Open Mindness campaign, people who receive support from the mental health charity are collecting stories and experiences of acts of kindness that people feel have helped with their mental health. These will be printed on pocket-sized folded Z-cards and included in mini well-being boxes to raise awareness and start conversations.

Stigma stops people seeking support. So it's vital to create opportunities for people to be open and talk. Little acts of kindness can help this.

We have pre-packed mini well-being boxes to give away to the first 30 people to let us know what act of kindness has helped their mental health. Email Louisa or post on Facebook @CoastalWestSussexMind or Instagram @MindWestSussex using #NoStigmaHere.

Louisa added: "A little kindness can make a big difference in a community to help people feel supported, less alone and able to seek help."

For more information please email: louisa.hernandez@coastalwestsussexmind.org and follow us on Facebook @CoastalWestSussexMind and Instagram @MindWestSussex.

For a sheet with tips on taking care of your mental health, click here.

 

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