Recovery College Cornwall
In this moving testimonial a Recovery College Cornwall learner describes their mental ill health, their recovery journey and the role RCC played.
To me the RCC is like a mother that my physical mother was never to me – I got help in very tough times.
I first had contact with Julia and then courses with Julia, Nick, Sarah, Tracey, Lisa and Rebecca.
The RCC courses for me were such a big help for me that I became a different person at the age of 47 years due to the RCC
I started to like myself, accept myself and be gentle with myself – the first time in 47 years.
Before that I was harming myself physically and emotionally.
This only changed last year when I started with the Recovery College – I am much happier, confident and jolly as a person.
I am happy that I am what I am and I like myself.
This is like going from the sea level to the top of Everest in one year.
It was a long journey but I feel so much better these days.
This positive attitude to myself helps me to fight my cancer.
I want to fight, to survive, to have a meaning and to stay in this world. I go to bed now thinking that I have had a good day.
This is priceless and cannot be measured – Just being well.
An example is that I have changed how I dress and now I am colourful in my clothing choices.
Meeting the other students was very positive for me as it meant that I wasn’t the only person suffering with mental health issues and they had similar behaviours and reactions to me. I stopped feeling lonely.
It was precious to listen to other people with similar problems.
The content of the workbooks – especially the words and examples of the tutors – I really loved them- they were able to be very professional – including statistics whilst being very friendly – as if they were very close friends. I understood that the tutors had problems themselves.
I realised that I didn’t need to be ashamed of having bipolar disorder as I felt I had a place that I could be myself and I had a place where I could share the very worst times.
The very first course at stepping stones at the beginning of the course I was very scared and cried as I was scared to share personal things about myself. Nick the tutor and the other students were so kind to me and to make me feel comfortable and they shared compassion and love for another human being. After the first 15 minutes I felt much better and so grateful to be there. I felt that I didn’t need to be ashamed of myself.
I also learnt a lot of things about my behaviour and how to cope with problems, breathing techniques, reframing, how to have healthier thoughts, that there are many other people who feel like me.
Very very important that there is a place like the Recovery College and that I don’t need to be ashamed of having Bipolar Disorder – this was a huge burden that is not on my shoulders anymore – sometimes.
I have been told about the RCC by my care coordinator at the CMHT – I was supposed to look online and – a month later I hadn’t done anything. A month later I filled in the brief form why I wanted to join the RCC. I want to say that I am so grateful to Lizzie my CMHT care coordinator I wouldn’t have signed up as it was scary, new, unknown but I did it and I didn’t have any expectations of it.
My first contact with Julia for my enrolment I felt I could trust her and I was crying. I remember the tears on my face – I said that I was broken in a thousand pieces and I cannot put myself together – but when I left I trusted Julia.
I was also referred on from the Recovery College to worked with Chloe Hale from Cornwall Council Adult Community Learning on their mental health level 2 course. I wasn’t able to complete this first time due to ill health and Chloe supported me to consider returning to complete the course when my health has improved.
I would also like to thank Dean Harvey for all of his presence, humanity, so understanding and to be able to heal people. He is a healer. The best thing about him is that he is human.
I am glad that I have the wish to be alive and to be well.
My deep gratitude is for all of you for being beautiful human beings and making the world a better place to be.
Working alongside the Recovery College has been very helpful.
Andrew interviews Jamie, the Recovery College Cornwall manager about his career, his role and much more.
Peer Mentor Andrew discusses mental health techniques and more with Julia, one of the Recovery College Cornwall's Community Trainers.
In this video, Andrew continues with his team interviews by interviewing Tracey, one of the Recovery College Cornwalls' Community Trainers.
In this video, Andrew, one of the Recovery College Cornwall Peer Mentors interviews Nick, a Recovery College Learning Support Worker about the pandemic and what the past year has meant to him.
In this short film Andrew interviews Sarah about the pandemic, the last year and moving forward
In this short film, Andrew interviews Becky about the pandemic, and going forward
Laura, a Recovery College Cornwall learner discusses the challenges she has faced and her experiences at the college.
In this short film, Susan talks to Sarah, of the Recovery College's Learning Support Workers about her experiences with the college
A Learner talks to Lowenna in a Q&A session regarding their experiences with Recovery College Cornwall.
In this short film, Marc discusses his personal experiences with Recovery College Cornwall with Lowenna, one of our Learning Support Workers
The Recovery College has helped me gain confidence in myself to talk to new people...
In this short film, Andrew one of the Recovery College Cornwall's Peer Mentors interviews Lowenna, one of the Learning Support Workers about her work.
In this short video Tracey, one of RCC's Community Trainers talks to the newest Peer Mentors about the recovery journey, and those crucial 1st steps.
In this short video Andrew talks to Lowenna, Learning Support Worker about his on-going journey and his emerging role as a trained Peer Mentor with Recovery College Cornwall
In this short video Joanne talks to Becky, one of our Learning Support Workers about her experiences with Recovery College Cornwall, and her next steps on her road to recovery.
In this short video the amazing Kat talks about her journey, her next steps and the way in which Recovery College Cornwall has supported her.
After experiencing months of debilitating stress my GP referred me to Pentreath, who suggested I enrol with the Recovery College Cornwall (RCC) as they believed the courses would help me.
In this short video Becky, one of our Learning Support Workers talks to Karen about her experiences with Recovery College Cornwall.
In this short video Mim, a Recovery College learner, discusses her experiences with Julia, one of our Community Trainers.
In this short video from our YouTube channel, Julie talks to Nick, one of our Learning Support Workers' about her experiences with Recovery College Cornwall
In this short video from our YouTube channel, Sam a learner with Recovery College Cornwall discusses her experience of Recovery College with our Employment Coach, Lisa
In this video from our YouTube channel, Sarah a learner talks to Sarah, one of our Learning Support Workers about her experiences with Recovery College Cornwall
In this short video from our YouTube channel, Nick one of our Learning Support Workers talks to Rob about his experiences with Recovery College Cornwall.
In this short video from our YouTube channel, Shannon talks to Becky, one of our Learning Support Workers about his experiences with Recovery College Cornwall.
In this short video from our YouTube Channel, Andrew a leaner with Recovery College Cornwall talks to Tracey one of our Community Trainers' about his experiences with the college.
In this short video Kat, a learner with Recovery College Cornwall discusses her experiences with Skype, the courses and more!
The Recovery College has been 6 weeks of learning & making friends with tutors & others.
I had a brilliant time at Recovery College, everyone is very nice and the courses are extremely fun.
Thank you for this totally fantastic journey that has been the recovery college.
I have been in recovery from a toxic relationship and off sick for a while.
Recovery College helped me overcome the challenges I have to face in my life.
I started recovery college because I wanted to get ready for a course that I am going to attend, and I felt like I would need some training or at least a refresher in how to deal with...
I would like to day that the help that I am recieving from Recovery College is vital to me.
When I started I felt anxious, but it has been amazing.
When I first came here I wasn’t sure...
Being a part of Recovery College has really opened my eyes...
I’ve really enjoyed coming to college...
So pleased that we discovered Recovery College, what a find!
I have gained my independence back...
It’s been fun...
From the outset...
I feel this has raised my confidence!...
When I first started going to the Recovery College I was incredibly anxious..
I have been very fortunate to be involved with the Recovery College Cornwall (RCC) from the outset...
If you feel that you need to talk to someone urgently then please call the 24/7 Cornwall mental health helpline on 0800 0385 300. You can call for free, any time of day or night, if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health. The team behind the 24/7 telephone service will listen to you and determine how best to help. Alternatively, please call the Samaritans on 116 123.