"Without artistic expression I wouldn’t really know how to channel my anxieties"

Recovery College Student

I hide my insecurities. I keep my quiet thoughts to myself. Sometimes I need to open up my thoughts – the way I feel. I feel scared at sharing them, but I feel good at sharing them. Sometimes the response I get makes me feel more confident to carry on.

I have a radio programme called Your Voice Matters – it allows people to express themselves.

I’m in remission from cancer. Cancer has made me realise life is very precious – it was a very scary time. I was scared for my family. It took a long time for me to admit I was scared for myself too.

I was highly stressed from my job and as a full-time carer, and then I found out I had cancer. I didn’t know if I was going to have a future or not.

I’m not very good at accepting help – that’s why I’m at the Recovery College cos I need to acknowledge help. I feel in order for me to carry on supporting people, I need to support myself.

I hide my insecurities. I keep my quiet thoughts to myself. Sometimes I need to open up my thoughts – the way I feel. I feel scared at sharing them, but I feel good at sharing them. Sometimes the response I get makes me feel more confident to carry on.

I use poetry for recovery and I paint. I feel extremely calm when I’m doing art.

Without artistic expression I wouldn’t really know how to channel my anxieties, my issues, my thoughts, feelings, sentiments. Without it, I would internalise it. It clears me.

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 ‘Poetry for Recovery’, ‘Introduction to Hoarding’ and ‘Recovery and Self-Discovery Through Art’.