People from Worthing, Chichester and Crawley with experience of mental health problems celebrated the achievements of the Time to Change West Sussex hub with Coastal West Sussex Mind, the county council and other partners this week.
The event, at Chichester College, included some county councillors, WSCC staff, the libraries, staff and service users from Coastal West Sussex Mind and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Some of the mental health ‘champions’ shared their personal stories of mental health challenges and how they had become involved in the TTC West Sussex campaign to end stigma about mental health.
Activities that had been put on to raise awareness of mental health issues included pebble painting, stride and sketch walks, pom pom cheerleading sessions and craft sessions.
The workshop marked the end of the funded partnership and hub and discussed possible ways forward to sustain the important work of raising awareness about mental health.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “I was very pleased to join the workshop which included a number of volunteer champions who go out into our communities and spread the word about the importance of mental well-being in the workplace.
“It was a really engaging morning with excellent input from the voluntary sector and well-being agencies and we have come away with some good proposals to move forward.
“We all have our part to play in changing attitudes and removing the stigma around mental health.”
Good news for mental health champions: applications to the Champions Fund for more events and activities have bee extended until the end of 2018. Find out more about getting your event funded by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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