Our latest campaign, Moving Minds, is all about raising awareness and thinking about stigma around movement. There are clear links of the benefits of physical activity on mental health - but movement is not always easy and this campaign will look at the barriers to that.
We will be holding activities at venues across West Sussex and are looking for and leisure centres and other activity and sports organisations to make a Moving Minds pledge to support us.
Our champions, who have lived experience of a mental health problem, will share their stories about the benefits they have had from movement but there will also be stories about finding the right balance and not over-exercising. We will be looking for people to add up some 'Mind miles' and make their own Moving Minds pledge
Wherever you are in West Sussex, if you'd like to get involved in this campaign, or to find out more, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a sheet with tips on taking care of your mental health, click here.
Open Minds lead Louisa Hernandez is looking for volunteers. If you're interested, please complete the volunteer application form here and email it to her at the address above.
As part of our Open Minds awareness-raising project, we launched a film, created at Fernholdt Barbers in Storrington, on World Mental Health Day. A big thank you to Leigh and Alfie for sharing their thoughts about the importance of talking about mental health in the film. You can view it here.
We were also back at Colonnade House in Worthing with our People, Puzzles, Pathways exhibition for a week in October, coinciding with World Mental Health Day. Our exhibition included work from more than 30 artists from our support hubs in Worthing and in Southwick at the Corner House.
The peer-led arts and craft group at Worthing developed from a small, intimate group to become a safe, vibrant and welcoming place, full of conversations. Some of the art reflected personal experiences of mental health, coping strategies and self-care. Other artwork was about hobbies, TV soaps and food! It all depended on what felt comfortable to share.
Keep in touch with what our Open Minds champion are doing by following us on Instagram @mindwestsussex and linking in with us online with #NoStigmaHere #HumanKindnessForOpenMindness #AwarenessIntoAction.
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