Kite making and flying is part of our Moving Minds campaign

For Mental Health Awareness Week and the summer, we are focusing on our Moving Minds campaign which includes capturing movement, photographic stories and kite making and flying

The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10-16) is Nature and here in West Sussex,  we want to use the theme to move back into our community, connect and find support for better mental health.

We know that many people have been struggling with their mental health, many of them for the first time. We want to make sure people know where to get support and, moreover, ensure stigma does not prevent people from getting that support.

Our Moving Minds campaign, which is part of our Open Minds anti-stigma and awareness project, will launch on May 1, lead into Mental Health Awareness Week  and continue through the summer with activities.  As with all our projects, it is inspired by the insight and creativity of our Champions, who all have mental health experiences.

Venue for our photographic stories

We will be at Colonnade House in Worthing for the week from May 17 and will be showing our photographic stories of Champions from diverse communities, all who have a personal story to share about their mental health recovery and journey. Portraits and words will raise awareness about mental health, and encourage people to seek support by describing how actions can really help both the individual and the community as a whole. 

Every year we pick an activity to provoke conversations in an engaging way.

This year our Moving Minds campaign hopes to capture movement, not only in the physical sense but in the sense of a movement and a call to action

Louisa Hernandez, Open Minds Manager

We want to use the idea of kites and kite flying to express this diversity and also as a display of unity. Kites are a wonderfully diverse and cultural art form – they are flown, displayed and celebrated in many different parts of the world for many different reasons. They are also a fun, engaging and a mindful activity. 

Kites can be a tool for transition out of our homes into open spaces . A kite can fail to fly many times due to the conditions but the joy of a moment of flight can be a wonderful reward and be so uplifting. We are using this metaphor and our message is:

Moving Minds, Together We Rise

A poem for Mental Health Awareness Week by one of our champions, Keira, in a film animated by Imo Ettridge

Grant Mulford, service user and champion, shares his insight and experiences of Moving Minds through his poetry too. Read it here

If you'd like to find out more about our Moving Minds campaign, or would like to get involved in our work challenging stigma, we'd love to hear from you

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