Help end stony silence on mental health on Time to Talk Day

Rocks campaign mental health stigma

Pebble painting parties help spread word that it's ok to talk about mental health

People in Crawley can rock up to the library on Time to Talk Day (February 1st) for a pebble painting party and start spreading the anti-stigma message about mental health.

 

It’s all part of a new West Sussex Rocks - Time to Change mental health campaign in which people are invited to join the stone painting trend. The idea is to let people know it’s ok to be open about mental health and to use messages or images on the stones to highlight this.

 

They may then hide the painted pebbles in local parks for others to find and post photos of on social media with #TimetoChangeWestSussex and #WestSussexRocks.

 

There will also be a health walk from 1pm-2pm during the Crawley Library event, which runs from 10am to 3pm.

 

CWSX Mind anti-stigma and awareness manager Louisa Hernandez said: “A big thank you to Crawley Library. We are hoping people will feel inspired by the pebble painting and the pebble hunts to share, for example, what makes them smile the most, how they relax or to thank someone for what they have done.

 

“The Time to Talk Day message is that conversations can change lives – and the pebble painting, together with the walking and talking give people the opportunities to start talking about their mental health.”

 

Crawley Borough Council’s Matt Laird added that the well-being team would be on hand offering advice and free refreshments.

 

The Time to Change West Sussex partnership, which includes Coastal West Sussex Mind, Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex Libraries and Sussex Oakleaf, is part of the growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health.

 

Anyone who would like to get involved in West Sussex Rocks – Time to Change, can contact Louisa on 01903 277000 or visit http://www.coastalwestsussexmind.org/get-involved/time-to-change-west-sussex.

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