“I have laughed, cried and learned but mostly I have looked forward, something I thought I had forgotten how to do.”
“After being off work on long term sick leave with severe anxiety I finally felt well enough to join the Recovery College. I managed to unvelcro myself from the sofa and made my way to Mirfield.
The first course I did was called ‘Let’s Sing Rock ‘n’ Pop’ something I had always loved in the past. I remember going with my head down and keeping conversation to a bare minimum. I felt so anxious I wanted to be sick. I sat on a chair nearest to the door, handbag on my knee and coat on just in case I couldn’t handle it and I needed to make a quick escape. I began to wonder why I had come. Then the course started!
An hour into singing I realized there wasn’t any room for anxiety. I had been too busy enjoying the experience. For the first time in months I actually felt like me again even if it was only for a couple of hours. After months of medical intervention I found some peace doing something I loved.
I have since joined other courses and enjoyed each one. I have met some lovely people on my journey both volunteers who run the courses and others who attend the courses, all of whom have struggles at some time with mental/physical illness. Very simply, everyone understands.
I have laughed, cried and learned but mostly I have looked forward, something I thought I had forgotten how to do.
The Recovery College is such a fantastic resource and is a safe and comfortable place to spend time and learn something new. I have always been treated with respect and understanding and made to feel welcome. I really do believe that the Recovery College has been instrumental in improving my confidence and finally getting me back to work. Yes I still have down days but now I can finally see the light.”
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.