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World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2018

Mental health 'champions' from across West Sussex held a variety of events to mark World Mental Health Day (October 10), ranging from walking and sketching to dancing with pom poms.

The activities were all put on thanks to Time to Change West Sussex's Champions Fund which gives people with a lived experience of a mental health issue the chance to apply for a grant to organise an event. All the activities gave people the opportunity to talk about mental health which is key to promoting mutual understanding and respect. Time to Change is a movement which aims to end stigma around mental health and help people feel they can be open and discuss it.

  • In Crawley, Vanessa organised some Stride and Stretch mornings at Tilgate Park. She is planned six events on October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 and 18. Meet in the community centre in the walled garden at Tilgate Park at 10am. The plan is to walk for eight minutes, giving people a chance to chat in a relaxed way about mental health, then stop and sketch for a few minutes, then continue. Each week the group will take a different route around the park. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/857537924635307/
  •  Meanwhile, Natalie ran some free pom pom dance classes for seniors, children and adults on October 10 at Maidenbower Community Centre, Crawley.
  • In Worthing Mark launched an 'Elephant in the Room' poster campaign at three branches of his workplace, Equiniti, at their Durrington, Lancing and Crawley sites. The posters highlight that mental health is the elephant in the room that people often do not talk about and the aim was to start conversations about mental well-being. 
  • Another champion previously held a crafts event at Crawley Library, in August with people able to have a go at making jewellery, sewing and making cards.
  • Early next year Philippa will be hosting a get together for parents of young children at Singleton Village Hall. There will be party food, apple bobbing, nail painting and a lucky dip.

Vanessa said: "I had suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and later depression and anxiety and had become anxious to the point where I drove to a work appointment but felt completely unable to get out of the car to speak to anyone. 

"It made me realise my job and the pressure I was under was not good for me and that I needed to get help and to look after myself. Sketching has always made me feel better and, with the encouragment of a friend, I did a Masters in Fine Art.

"Mental health can be a scary subject to many people and I'm hoping that we will be able to approach it in a natural and gentle way."


Mental Health Awareness Week, May 14-20, 2018

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.


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.


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.

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