Exciting activities have been happening across the county as part of the Time to Change West Sussex campaign to challenge stigma around mental health. Now, as Mental Health Awareness Week (May 14-20th) approaches, there are even more opportunities for you to get involved.
People with lived experience of mental health issues are invited to help make a difference. They can become a ‘Champion’ and spread the word that it’s ok to talk about mental health. They can also apply for a grant to put on an event or activity. (It doesn't have to happen during Mental Health Awareness Week). In addition, there are opportunities for employers to demonstrate their commitment to changing attitudes to mental health in the workplace.
Through Time to Change West Sussex, people with lived experience of mental health issues have been awarded grants to put on events to foster mutual respect and understanding and spread the word that it’s ok to talk about mental health. Some of these will be happening during Mental Health Awareness Week. These include:
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 or a pebble hunt (see 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
The Free Your Mind young people's group, which is supported by the county council's children and young people's service, has started pebble painting. The group of 11-18 year olds, founded in 2013, is actively involved in improving mental health services for their peers and can boast a number of achievements including influencing council policies on mental health and delivering countywide conferences.
There have been pebble parties at several libraries in West Sussex, including at Crawley, Midhurst and Worthing. The next one, on March 14th, will be at Chichester Library. For more details email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to Talk Day, February 1st, 2018
We launched our pebble painting and anti-stigma campaign, as detailed above
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.
Visit the website: www.time-to-change.org.uk
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