First Champions Fund grants awarded, marking Time to Talk Day

Claudie wins award to challenge mental health stigma

A Worthing mum and a primary school inclusion manager in Crawley win the first Time to Change West Sussex grants

Two people with lived experience of mental health issues are being awarded the first grants for community activities from the Time to Change West Sussex Champions Fund. And there's still money in the pot to give away to people living in West Sussex.


Time to Change West Sussex is a partnership including Worthing-based mental health charity Coastal West Sussex Mind, West Sussex County Council, other mental health service providers, the libraries and the district councils. It is part of the growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health.


One of the people awarded a grant from the Champions Fund is Claudie from Worthing, who experienced postnatal depression. She will receive £150 for pebble painting parties and hunts in local parks. This will also feed into the wider WestSussexRocks campaign, where the pebbles will carry anti-stigma messages about mental health and #TimetoChange and #WestSussexRocks. Photos will be posted on social media, linking people to advice about mental health. Find out more about the wider campaign on our Time to Change West Sussex page.


Claudie said: “I was diagnosed with postnatal depression when my daughter was five weeks old. I felt so isolated and had been walking with the pram in the pouring rain, just sobbing when my health visitor recognised what was happening and referred me to my doctor.”


Meanwhile, primary school inclusion manager Shiraz (pictured right with Coastal West Sussex Mind anti-stigma and awareness manager) will receive £500 for a project to support well-being for children and families at Three Bridges Primary School, Crawley.


Shiraz said: “We’re delighted with the grant which will provide the funds for our well-being café for families to enjoy when they visit their children for our Parents in School afternoons at the end of each term.”



Coastal West Sussex Mind chief executive Katie Glover: “We’re really pleased to be awarding the first grants but we still have money to give away. Grants of up to £500 are available to registered Time to Change ‘champions’ – people who have experienced mental health problems.”


To find out more visit our Time to Change West Sussex page.


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