One of West Sussex Mind's key aims is to raise awareness and challenge stigma and discrimination around mental health. Stigma causes real distress and difficulty to people living with mental health problems. It stops people seeking the help they need and prevents them from valuing themselves and developing the confidence to be active members of the community.
Our anti-stigma project, Open Minds, aims to break down the myths and stereotypes and to increase knowledge and understanding around mental health. Central to the project are our Open Mind 'champions' - people who have lived experience of mental health problems who are involved in our workshops and events, often sharing their own personal stories.
We run our workshops in community groups, workplaces for employers and employees, to GPs, health centre staff, schools and colleges. They are usually one hour and are tailored to the setting and organisation.
In just over two years so far there have been:
If you are interested in joining our Open Minds team there are many ways you can be involved. We have a variety of actitivies to suit everyone and are always open to ideas.
To find out more take a look at our volunteer champion role profile.
Our job is to get people in our communities to talk about mental health, to be open, to explore and to see a person as a whole.
If you would like to discuss and arrange a visit to your organisation or group, please contact Louisa Hernandez
"We want to end the discrimination and judgement that people experiencing mental health issues face."
Louisa Hernandez, project co-ordinator
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