News Update Winter 2019/2020

Mental health campaign

Find out about our RED January campaign, our new town centre service, our 50th anniversary year and more

Welcome to our first News Update as West Sussex Mind. We changed our name to better reflect our charity following our recent merger with the Corner House in Southwick and our growth and development of further services in West Sussex.

Join our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2020

We're marking 50 years of supporting local people with their mental health during 2020 and we would love for you to help make it a year to remember.
We are launching a 50th anniversary fundraising target of £100,000 and need your help to reach it. Perhaps you can do some fundraising for us or simply are happy to make a donation. We are grateful to you for supporting us.
We'll also have various events over the year, including a 1970s' disco. We'll let you know more about our exciting plans soon.
You might enjoy starting your support in 2020 with our RED January campaign below.

New safe haven will provide out-of-hours support

West Sussex Mind is setting up a new, much-needed evening and weekend mental health ‘safe haven’ in central Worthing.
It will provide a supportive out-of-hours service specifically aimed at people who are struggling to cope when other mental health services are not available. We will be running this service as a member of Pathfinder West Sussex.
West Sussex Mind deputy chief executive Kerrin Page said: “We are pleased to be able to offer people this important support right in the town centre. The aim is to prevent people going into mental health crisis, by having support when they need it.
“Having a safe haven, which they can attend when they need to, will help prevent the need for them to access urgent NHS care.”
The new service, funded by Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, will be based in the Frank Cave annexe at Guild Care’s Methold House. It will operate 46 hours per week from 6pm-11pm on weekdays and 12noon to 11pm at weekends.
We already run support sessions for people with mental health problems from Methold House for two full days each week.

We have appointed a manager and are now recruiting staff, with the aim of opening the safe haven in the spring.

 

Start your new year with RED January

 

This January, West Sussex Mind is participating in the RED January initiative, encouraging people to get active every day in January to support their mental health. It’s a community initiative, and any activity counts: walking, running, swimming, cycling, Pilates, martial arts, golf…

The aim is to get moving daily during a characteristically tough month, whilst raising awareness and support for mental health. REDers are also supported through an online community.
RED is founded on research that shows physical activity can have a positive impact on mental well-being, even reducing symptoms of mental illness such as depression and anxiety. In the post RED January 2018 survey, 87% of REDers reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally, after getting active every day.
There’s also an opportunity to fundraise for West Sussex Mind. The money raised supports our vital work in the local community, supporting mental health services and ensuring everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the help and respect they deserve.
For many REDers, January is just the beginning, with new-found (or rekindled) relationships with physical activity continuing into the future. RED’s mission is to promote the positive power of physical activity for both body and mind all year round and the RED community is there every step, splash and pedal of the way.


 

Update on our Open Minds anti-stigma work

We have been busy running Open Minds workshops and events across the whole of West Sussex, including in rural and deprived areas, to raise awareness about mental health.
These have led to many meaningful conversations with local people in a variety of places including schools, businesses, libraries and leisure centres.
In a six-month period during 2019, our 30 Open Minds champions and staff reached a total of 3,484 individuals, spreading our anti-stigma message.

One of our champions shares their story:
"Whilst I was being supported by West Sussex Mind, I came across their Open Minds project. Having had the negative experience of discrimination from my family, friends, work and society, I felt impelled to share what I had learnt about myself and mental health.
"Stigma is an entrenched lack of understanding, surrounded by fear, and we need to counteract this with knowledge and tolerance. Open Minds has been the perfect platform for me to engage with a diverse range of people and have conversations about mental health. The seemingly endless passion and enthusiasm from Open Minds manager Louisa Hernandez has given me the confidence to step forward with ideas, time, creativity and become a champion.
"Being in an environment where my lived experience is seen as a positive, has been hugely beneficial to my recovery. I asked to volunteer with Open Minds and have now attended many events, which have greatly improved my self-esteem and ability to interact with people.
"My mental health continues to improve and recently I started working at West Sussex Mind as a recovery worker." 

Thank you to all our fundraisers during 2019

We're so grateful to all our kind fundraisers who have support us during 2019. There have been football tournaments, marathons, clothes sales, raffles, adventurous challenges and even a bike ride in Sweden.
We rely on fundraising and donations for much of our vital work supporting local people with mental health problems so thank you.button here. Thank you.

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