Time to Change West Sussex

Mental Health Awareness Week event

Time to Change Champions with the Rural Minds Matters bus at the Midhurst event in Mental Health Awareness Week

Hurry - grants of £500 available to September 5, 2018

There's still time this summer for Champions to apply for grants to host mental health events. The opportunity for Champions to apply for a grant to put on an event that challenges stigma around mental health ends on September 5, 2018. Time to Change West Sussex still has 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 ttcwestsussex@coastalwestsussexmind.org or find the application form here.

Opportunities to get involved in Time to Change West Sussex

Would you like to be part of the growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health?

Become 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'. 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.

Contribute to our partnership meetings

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 ttcwestsussex@coastalwestsussexmind.org

All the resources you need to host a pebble painting party or organise a walk and talk pebble hunt are right here:

For all the information you need to host a pebble party, click here.

For your own invitation that you can fill out and send to guests, click here.

For tips on painting pebbles, click here.

For general Time to Talk Day resources, click here.

For WestSussexRocks Facebook page, click here.


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.

Fun activities across West Sussex marked Mental Health Awareness Week (May 14-20)

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.



Past events

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.

  • 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 were at Rolls Royce, Goodwood, with a stall raising awareness about mental health, talking to people about and supplying information to members of staff.
  • We also had a special event at Bognor Library raising awareness and challenging attitudes to mental health as well as lots of information about where people can get support.
  • Meanwhile, at HMRC, Worthing, there are two separate events in aid of CWSX Mind, an information stand and a coffee morning.
  • The following day, Wednesday, we had a stall in the foyer of Tesco, Durrington. At our Worthing hub, The Gateway, service users planned for spring by planting bulbs in the garden.
  • Then on Thursday our service users and staff in Midhurst hosted an art exhibition and cream tea. In the evening, we took part in the Adur and Worthing Councils' Waves Ahead conference in Shoreham.
  • Friday was another big event for us - our Time to Change West Sussex Employer Event in Horsham. About 30 employers from across the county joined us to find out more about how they could commit to changing attitudes and behaviours around mental health in the workplace by signing an Employer Pledge.
  • In addition, it was Worthing's Mental Health Awareness Week which had a packed timetable of events and activities through the week at Offington Methodist Church. It culminated in a concert on Friday evening, with a retiring collection in aid of Coastal West Sussex Mind. Thanks to everyone for their support.


What Time To Change has done for me

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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.

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