People across West Sussex are invited to join free pebble painting parties during Mental Health Awareness Week (May 14-20) as part of a mental health anti-stigma campaign. The stones will then form part of a giant pebble hunt across the county.
The parties are being hosted by people with a lived experience of a mental health issue who have each successfully applied for a Champions Fund grant from Time to Change West Sussex to cover the costs of the events in their own area.
They are calling for people to join the pebble painting trend in the West Sussex Rocks campaign, which has already seen scores of people get creative painting pebbles and help spread the message that it’s ok to talk about mental health.
Louisa Hernandez, anti-stigma co-ordinator at key TTC partner Coastal West Sussex Mind, said: “During Mental Health Awareness Week, the pebble parties will be opportunities for people to get together, have fun and talk about mental health.
“Many people express their feelings through their painting or put messages on the stones. On the back, they are encouraged to include #westsussexrocks and #timetochangewestsussex which will direct people to where they can find out more.
“At the end of the week, the pebbles will be placed in parks and open spaces where others can find them in a giant pebble hunt.”
Louisa said: “We were so inspired by pebble painting as a fun way to start conversations that we’ve been hosting parties and encouraging local community groups, Scouts, schools and employees to host their own too.
“Please check out the dates and places of our pebble parties below and help us break the stony silence around mental health.”
Worthing: Tuesday 15th May to Saturday 20th May, Colonnade House, Warwick Street, 10am-4pm.
Littlehampton: Wednesday 16th, Look and Sea Centre, Surrey Street, 10am-3.30pm and Thursday 17th, Littlehampton Library, Maltravers Road, 10am-12noon.
Chichester: Monday 14th May, Chichester Library, Tower Street, 11.30am-3.30pm.
Midhurst: Tuesday 15th May, The Grange Leisure Centre, 1pm-5.45pm (pebble painting forms part of a bigger event)
People with a lived experience of a mental health issue can still apply to the Champions Fund for a grant of up to £500 to put on a community event which includes talking about mental health. Find out more at https://www.coastalwestsussexmind.org/get-involved/time-to-change-west-sussex.
Time to Change West Sussex is a partnership between the West Sussex County Council, Coastal West Sussex Mind, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and other agencies and mental health champions to change behaviour towards people experiencing a mental health problem.
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