"The course and the trainers give me hope for tomorrow"

Recovery College Student

I try to choose a course that means I can help other people. And to help myself.

I am interested in the ‘Happiness and Positive Living’ course. The course and the trainers give me hope for tomorrow.

Life is a joke. I have to take it as a smile because sometimes it’s very hard.

I’m a stranger, I’m lonely. I left my country 27 years ago, my marriage has broken down, my daughter moved away. I had a big problem living in England. I lost myself. I couldn’t go back to my mum; my daughter left.

I now have leave in the UK. Having that status changed my life completely. It was hard and scary and dangerous not having status before. No laughs, no fun. Stress. Just working. Very hard.

Now I volunteer with helping the homeless. It feels like my confidence and stability has come back. I’m happy to help people. I like it. To give is better than to take.

I write and speak poetry. When you write, you have to say the words – it’s your sound. They are your words.

I found myself again.

I made 2 CDs of my poetry and I found myself. And now I try to be better and better.

I try to choose a course that means I can help other people. And to help myself.

I would tell the world to “love.” Love is very important. It gives hope. I feel I have very much love in my life.

Delivered as a partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the Brighton and Hove Recovery College uses education in a supportive learning environment to help people with mental health challenges become experts in their own self-care and recovery. Courses on offer include ‘Writing Poetry to Improve Wellbeing’, ‘Developing Your Resilience’, and ‘Wellbeing through Nature’.