Open Minds campaign 2019

Still from barbers film on mental health

Talking about mental health will help raise awareness and challenge stigma. Find out about our Open Minds campaign here

Our Open Minds project marks World Mental Health Day, October 2019

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.

People, Puzzles, Pathways arts exhibition

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.

Our latest Open Minds campaign

Our campaign, Human Kindness to Open Mindness, involves people who receive support from us collecting stories and experiences of acts of kindness that they feel have helped with their mental health. These have been printed on pocket-sized folded Z-cards and included in mini well-being boxes to raise awareness and start conversations.

Stigma stops people seeking support. So it's vital to create opportunities for people to be open and talk. Little acts of kindness can help this.

Wherever you are in West Sussex, if you'd like to create your own event as part of this campaign, please get in touch and we'll provide the materials you need to get started. Please email: louisa.hernandez@westsussexmind.org

For a sheet with tips on taking care of your mental health, click here.

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