A huge thank you to all who took part in Paint it Purple 2019 on World Mental Health Day this year. And we had a (reasonably) nice day for it too!
Patients and staff at St Raphael Ward in Hastings prepared for the day by creating a beautiful tree of positivity, made of purple hand-print leaves and messages of hope and love. The Occupational Therapy group also made some purple-tastic cookies, which were enjoyed with tea, cakes and music to celebrate the day.
St. Anne’s Centre in St. Leonards on Sea adorned their reception with purple decorations, and held a delicious purple cake sale, whilst Gail in Urgent Care at Woodlands Centre for Acute Care made some delicious chocolate cupcakes with Heads On toppers. The Living Well With Dementia team in New Park House in Horsham also held a bake sale – cue the mouth-watering!
There were also some information stands throughout East and West Sussex, showcasing the Letter of Hope and distributing SAFE cards (Suicide Awareness for Everyone), business card-style cards signposting the services for those who are feeling suicidal. These took place both in Asda St. Leonards and Asda Ferring in West Sussex. A big thanks to the adult mental health services in East Sussex for running St. Leonards and Rowan Ward (in Meadowfield Hospital) for Ferring.
The Beacon Shopping Centre and Langney Shopping Centre in Eastbourne also hosted our stands, with help from St Mary’s House, and Karen Hoskin and her team.
The West Sussex Pathfinder team also raised awareness of the day by wearing purple t-shirts on their rounds in the community. Langley Green Hospital in Crawley also raised awareness by having an information and table top sale in their reception.
We couldn’t do it without everyone who helped on the day and in the run up to the day – a huge shout out to those who provided us with their expertise and helped in the distribution of Paint it Purple bits and pieces. Thank you!