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Two mental health champions, Kris and Mark, chat at the Time to Change West Sussex celebration event in Chichester

Champions and partners join celebration of Time to Change West Sussex

People from Worthing, Chichester and Crawley with experience of mental health problems celebrated the achievements of the Time to Change West Sussex hub with Coastal West Sussex Mind, the county council and other partners this week.

The event, at Chichester College, included some county councillors, WSCC staff, the libraries, staff and service users from Coastal West Sussex Mind and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Some of the mental health ‘champions’ shared their personal stories of mental health challenges and how they had become involved in the TTC West Sussex campaign to end stigma about mental health.

Activities that had been put on to raise awareness of mental health issues included pebble painting, stride and sketch walks, pom pom cheerleading sessions and craft sessions.

 

The workshop marked the end of the funded partnership and hub and discussed possible ways forward to sustain the important work of raising awareness about mental health.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “I was very pleased to join the workshop which included a number of volunteer champions who go out into our communities and spread the word about the importance of mental well-being in the workplace.

“It was a really engaging morning with excellent input from the voluntary sector and well-being agencies and we have come away with some good proposals to move forward.

“We all have our part to play in changing attitudes and removing the stigma around mental health.”

You can read our report on what's been achieved through Time to Change West Sussex and the next steps forward here.

 

Grants of up to £500 available till end of year

Good news for mental health champions: applications to the Champions Fund for more events and activities have bee extended until the end of 2018. Find out more about getting your event funded by emailing ttcwestsussex@coastalwestsussexmind.org.

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. 

Find out more here or email ttcwestsussex@coastalwestsussexmind.org.

 

Past events 

Read about our previous Time to Change West Sussex events.

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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