Time to Change West Sussex

Time to Change West Sussex

One of our Champions gets busy with the pebble painting and mental health anti-stigma campaign. She successfully applied for a grant to host events in Worthing

People across West Sussex busy planning for Mental Health Awareness Week (May 14-20)

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:

  • an art exhibition by people who are supported by Coastal West Sussex Mind at the Gateway, Durrington Lane, Worthing. Entitled Think, Talk, Create, the 30 works will include paintings, pottery and mosaics.
  • a touring bus to reach rural areas, organised by CWSx Mind service users in Midhurst
  • a day to talk with mums about maternal mental health
  • lots of pebble painting parties in schools, libraries and by individuals. This West Sussex Rocks campaign uses messages on stones to spread awareness about mental health and the effects of stigma.
  • a week-long creative art event at Colonnade House, Worthing, during Mental Health Awareness Week.
  • anti-stigma workshops, run by CWSx Mind, including Time to Change Champions sharing their personal stories of mental health problems with others.

Could you apply for a £500 grant?

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 ttcwestsussex@coastalwestsussexmind.org.

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

Our pebble painting and anti-stigma campaign

Our anti-stigma campaign is West Sussex Rocks - Time to Change and we want you to join in the trend. The idea is to use messages on stones to spread awareness about mental health and the effects of stigma.


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.


West Sussex Rocks events

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.



Library pebble parties

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 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

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.

  • 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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Visit the website: www.time-to-change.org.uk


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