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Worthing Mental Health Week 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

The organisers of Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week (WMHAW), now in its 6th year, are thrilled to announce they have a new website going live today.

A crowdfunding campaign, whereby gifts in kind were recognised by the Worthing County Local Committee, who then generously awarded a grant to cover the cost of the website. It is the first grant in the Worthing area to be awarded in West Sussex County Council's new funding scheme.

Designers, Lime Pixel, have worked tirelessly in order to get the website up-and-running in time for the annual Mental Health Awareness Week which coincides with World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Events for this year's week, at Offington Park Methodist Church, South Farm Road, adjacent Broadwater Green, are available on the website and on the WMHAW Facebook and Twitter pages.

The aim of the week is to challenge the stigma around mental health and to provide good quality information in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

Most of the events are free and open to all. Local charities, organisations and groups will have displays in the 'Information Centre' and there will be a variety of workshops and talks designed to promote positive mental health throughout the week.

The week will be launched on Monday 8 October by the Mayor of Worthing Cllr Paul baker, followed by the Mayor's Chaplain lighting a Peace Candle with co-founder Bob Smytherman acting as Master of Ceremonies.

The keynote presentation will be by the local branch of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

Organiser Carol Barber said she was 'delighted that SSAFA had agreed to talk to WMHAW about the ways mental health impacted on those in the Armed Services, Veterans and their families.

In the evening, there will be a special meeting of Worthing Rethink Mental Health Carers group run by Mark Hughes with a guest speaker from the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Tuesday 9 October will focus on keeping well in later life and include an open meeting of Dementia Friendly Worthing at 4 pm.

On Wednesday 10 October the organisers have asked Grassroots (a local suicide prevention charity) to deliver their SafeTALK (suicide alertness) training. This will start at 10 am and last for 3.5 hours. This is the only event in the week for which there is a small charge. Download details here. The training event is subsidised courtesy of the grant from the County Council at just £35 per person and includes a ploughman's lunch provided by Offington Church. Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Activities on Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, include ways of promoting self-care and emotional resilience and also the opportunity to paint pebbles as part of Coastal West Sussex MIND's Anti-stigma campaign called 'West Sussex Rocks'. 

A film will be shown on Thursday evening and on Friday evening, the week will conclude with a free concert with a retiring collection for Coastal West Sussex MIND. The concert is coordinated by Karen Simporis and compared by Guild Care Trustee Mr Percy Nowell.

Download the week's programme here




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