People in Crawley can rock up to the library on Time to Talk Day (February 1st) for a pebble painting party and start spreading the anti-stigma message about mental health.

West Sussex Rocks and Time to Change are launching a new mental health campaign in which people are invited to join the stone painting trend.

The idea is to let people know it’s ok to be open about mental health and to use messages or images on the stones to highlight this.

They may then hide the painted pebbles in local parks for others to find and post photos of on social media with #TimetoTalk and #WestSussexRocks.

The event, which runs from 10am-3pm on 1st February will be held at Crawley Library and there will also be a health walk from 1pm-2pm.

Coastal West Sussex Mind anti-stigma and awareness manager Louisa Hernandez said:

“A big thank you to Crawley Library. We are hoping people will feel inspired by the pebble painting and the pebble hunts to share, for example, what makes them smile the most, how they relax or to thank someone for what they have done.”

“The Time to Talk Day message is that conversations can change lives – and the pebble painting, together with the walking and talking give people the opportunities to start talking about their mental health.”

Crawley Borough Council’s Matt Laird added that the well-being team would be on hand offering advice and free refreshments.

The Time to Change West Sussex partnership, which includes Coastal West Sussex Mind, Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex Libraries and Sussex Oakleaf, is part of the growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health.

Louisa was a guest on Runway Radio’s Breakfast Show with Steve Verrell.

She said “Coastal West Sussex Mind are an independant mental health charity. We’re a range of services, training and support… we work with adults, older people, carers and young people and also families affected with mental health problems.”

On the show, Louisa and Steve spoke about the stigma that surrounds mental illness and how this can be stopped through conversations and awareness.

Approximately 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children in the UK will experience a mental health problem. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety and depression in any given week.

Anyone who would like to get involved in West Sussex Rocks – Time to Change, can contact Louisa on 01903 277000 or visit http://www.coastalwestsussexmind.org/get-involved/time-to-change-west-sussex.

Click the link below for the full conversation between Steve and Louisa.

The Steve Verrell Breakfast Show airs weekday mornings, 6.30-10am.

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