Students with Mental Health Challenges Celebrate Their Achievements

Recovery College Graduation 2019

On Thursday, 25 July, the Brighton and Hove Recovery College celebrated students’ achievements at its annual graduation ceremony with special guest, the Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex.

The Recovery College provides more than 100 free mental health courses and workshops to over 900 people in the city to support them in their recovery and self-management of their mental health.

Established in 2014, the college uses an educational approach to provide mental health support and is provided by Southdown, in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 

Each course is co-produced and delivered by Peer Trainers who have their own experience of mental health challenges alongside a Clinical or other Specialist Trainer. 

During the ceremony, students heard from their course-mates, Peer Trainers, and the volunteer Buddies, about the impact of the college and how it has supported their mental health.

Lynsey Hermann, Manager of the Recovery College, says, “The common feedback we get is that the college has changed students’ lives.”

Danika McElroy, an artist and student says, “The college is a lifeline for people. The Managing Depression course came at a vital time for me. It enabled me to not slip so deeply into my depression and I was able to stay in the community. The course gave me hope.”

Her Majesty’s representative in East Sussex, Lord-Lieutenant Peter Field, says, “Mental health challenges are something that affect many people at some point in their lives, but there are things we can do. The Recovery College is doing some brilliant work and it was so good to meet all of the graduates who clearly got so much out of their courses, and to meet staff and helpers who make it all possible.  It was a truly uplifting evening and I went away feeling so good that Southdown are making such a difference to the lives of so many.”

An Open Day for prospective students living in Brighton and Hove who are interested in enrolling onto courses in the Autumn Term is on Wednesday, 4th September from 11am to 3pm at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton.

For more information click here or email recoverycollege@southdown.org or call 01273 749500.