Locals ‘paint it purple’ to show their support for World Mental Health Day

Sussex was painted purple this week after an NHS mental health charity asked for local people to get involved and raise awareness of the importance of mental health.

Heads On, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s charity, led ‘Paint It Purple’ on Wednesday 10 October to mark World Mental Health Day.

Schools, organisations and groups across the county got involved to show their support, as well as staff from Sussex Partnership, patients and carers. The theme of the day was purple - there were purple cake sales, purple wigs, purple clothes, purple parties, purple arts and crafts, and more! 

Felicity Louden, Head of Charity for Heads On, said: “It has been amazing to see how many people took the theme and ran with it!

“Several schools had non-uniform days where the students wore purple, and also held assemblies about mental health. This is great because it is showing children and young people that it is ok to speak about your mental health and how you’re feeling – it is not anything to be ashamed or embarrassed about.

“We were also so impressed to see how many of the teams across Sussex Partnership got involved and held events and activities for their staff and patients.

“On a first count we have raised over £1,400 and there are still more donations to come in, which will all go towards helping to improve and enhance local mental health services.

“We are so pleased with the success of the event and want to thank everyone who got involved and did their bit to help raise awareness and put an end to mental health stigma.”

Heads On run a number of their own events every year and also have charity spaces at large events, including the Prudential Ride London to Surrey in August 2019, and the Brighton Marathon in April 2019. For more information about Heads On and how you can get involved and fundraise for them, go to www.headsoncharity.org