Tony has suffered with depression throughout his life and a few years ago things became very difficult for him. In 2015 his psychologist recommended that he try doing a course…
Tony has suffered with depression throughout his life and a few years ago things became very difficult for him. In 2015 his psychologist recommended that he try doing a course at Recovery College Kirklees. Tony has been involved in the college as a learner and as a volunteer to this day, sharing his kindness, experiences and skills with other learners, volunteers and staff.
“Before I came to the Recovery College I felt lost, a feeling I have had all my life. That has changed since I started to attend courses like WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning). This was a catalyst to my recovery as it made me think differently and simplified things. It taught me wellness tools alongside others who had their own issues and problems, and I learnt that I need to have a daily routine.
Because of what I have learnt and put into practice I have more confidence now than ever before. My confidence and self-esteem were always very low. I am more prepared to do things that I was scared to do just a year ago, for example singing, dancing, travelling and public speaking. I struggled with being angry and annoyed with the frustrations of life. I am more relaxed now, what I call being “chilled”.
I understand the pain of others because of my own experience and people confide in me which is a great honor. I now enjoy volunteering and being around others in the college. I love what the Recovery College stands for and the hope that it gives. In my opinion if more people came here they would no longer need services; they would not need to tread the same well-worn paths into and out of services like I used to do – the merry go round.
I feel that at last I am becoming the real, authentic me. This is something I always wanted and now, at the grand age of 64, I have!”
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.