A college using education to help mental health recovery with free courses in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea is enrolling students for its new term.
The Recovery College is run jointly by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and local voluntary organisations. It’s a way of supporting people with mental health challenges to live their lives to the full by using education to help people become experts in their own self-care and recovery. It’s also open to their supporters and carers. Courses are co-produced and co-run by peer trainers with personal experience of mental health challenges alongside mental health professionals. People choose what courses to take from a prospectus and receive a certificate on completion.
Sara Meddings, Psychology and Psychological Therapies Lead for Recovery and Wellbeing, Sussex Partnership said, “Recovery College uses an educational approach to enable people to take back control and become experts in their own wellbeing and recovery so as to live a fulfilling life despite and beyond mental health challenges.”
The Hastings and Rother campus is holding an open day on Thursday 11September from 2.00-5.00pm, at Cavendish House, Hastings.
The East Sussex prospectus will be available at the open days and potential students will be able to meet the tutors and enrol on a range of courses which will run from late September to December. Courses offered include Recovery, Happiness, Listening Skills, Advocacy and Increasing Your Self Esteem.
Diana Byrne, Senior Peer Trainer at Sussex Recovery College said, “I feel so privileged to be involved. The college brings hope to so many people for a better quality of life, to understand their illness, and to learn how to cope and self-manage. It encourages them to study subjects that interest them in a supportive, inspiring atmosphere”.
Open day and enrolment
Thursday 11thSeptember from 2.00-5.00pm, Cavendish House, Hastings, TN34 3AA