A short film has been produced highlighting the success of an innovative college set up to educate people on how to help their recovery and stay well following mental illness.
Since its inception the Severn & Wye Recovery College, run by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust and partners, has helped more than 200 people to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
The film about it was commissioned by the Health Foundation – the organisation which initially funded a grant to enable the Recovery College to be set up in 2013.
Professor Jane Melton, Director of Engagement and Integration with ²gether, said: “The film that the Health Foundation commissioned, and which was produced by Lightbox Entertainment, is both moving and informative.
“It focuses on Heather, one of our original graduates, and the way in which the college has had a significantly positive impact on her life as well as over 200 other graduates.
“We’re incredibly pleased and proud that our college is receiving national recognition. It is acknowledgement of the considerable steps that each and every Recovery College student has taken in their recovery journey. The film is also testimony to the huge amount of time and energy devoted to the college by a very dedicated team of staff, volunteers and partner organisations.
“The Health Foundation provided us with the resources to set the college up and we remain extremely grateful to them for their support and vision.”
The Severn & Wye Recovery College provides free courses across Gloucestershire at a variety of venues, and is open to anyone who has recently been treated or is being treated by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust for a mental health condition. The college is also open to carers and family members who wish to learn more about mental illness and how to support an individual with their recovery.
• Pathways to Recovery – an introductory course about what supports recovery, taking charge and building on your own strengths
• Next Steps – the follow up course, enabling students to build upon Pathways to Recovery and receive coaching
• Mindfulness for Recovery – learning the techniques to feel more connected to your surroundings and focus positively on recovering
• Step up for Confidence – drama techniques to develop and project self confidence
• Mental Health First Aid Lite – how to support people with mental health conditions, gaining a wider understanding of mental health and looking after your own mental health
The college has a range of partners, including NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Adult Education in Gloucestershire, Artshape, Family Lives and People and Places.
A ‘Discovery College’ also runs alongside the main Recovery College, and offers courses to young people aged from 16 to 25.
Taster days for forthcoming courses are being held in Hester’s Way, Cheltenham on December 7 and 14. To book ring 01452 894 204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the Health Foundation film click here.
For more about the Severn & Wye Recovery College, click here.