“I actually feel like I belong somewhere now, a feeling that I had lost through the trauma of life”
“I started going to the Recovery College in January 2018, after ill health forced me to stop working years earlier. I initially went to the Introduction to Recovery College. Straight away, I was made to feel very welcome, even though I found it a bit daunting at first, and I was very quiet – although I haven’t shut up since that initial meeting! I actually feel like I belong somewhere now, a feeling that I had lost through the trauma of life.
I have been on many courses; improving social skills, a writing course, arts and craft courses and Froglife. To be honest, I’ve enjoyed some courses better than others, but I’ve seen each course to the end because everything is a learning experience. My favourite courses have been Froglife and Mosaics. Both courses I learnt new skills and was buzzing when I learnt something new.
Recovery College has given me back a sense of worth and routine. I have met some great people and I have learnt a lot about myself through them.
Funding for Mental Health Support must be made a priority. Because of Recovery College, my moods and mental health have improved and because of this it helps to deviate worries about my physical health, which although hasn’t improved, I can (sort of) accept it better. Life is a roller coaster and with the help of everyone at the Recovery College, I just got to ride it! I can’t say thank you enough!”
I have learnt new ways to be and stay healthy and also some coping strategies and mechanisms to help manage my enthusiasm and confidence to be able to do things in my life.