Find out about free courses to support your mental health and wellbeing

Residents in East Sussex are invited to find out about free courses to support their mental health and wellbeing at an upcoming open day.

Sussex Recovery College, which is run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with local community organisations, is holding its next open day on Wednesday 9 October at Muriel Matters, Hastings from 1pm to 3pm. 

The College offers educational courses about mental health and recovery across the whole of East and West Sussex. The courses are designed to help people improve their knowledge of mental health and promote self-management by making people experts in their own wellbeing.

At the open day people can learn more about the wide range of courses on offer during the autumn term, which begins on Monday 28 October.

Tutors will be on hand to explain more about the courses, which include photography for wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence, understanding and coping with depression, walk for wellbeing, understanding and living with OCD and coping with suicidal thoughts and feelings.

All courses are co-produced and co-delivered by mental health professionals and peers who have lived experience of mental illness. They are free to adults of all ages.

Louise Patmore, Peer Trainer Lead for Sussex Recovery College, said: “The Recovery College is not about doing to, it’s about doing with, and these courses are a great way of exploring mental health together. 

“It’s about giving people choices, finding opportunities and about regaining control in a world that can sometimes be unkind. Our peer trainers all have lived experience of various mental health challenges and students find that exploring them from this perspective can be really supportive and powerful.

“Whether you are looking to develop your knowledge and skills to manage your own mental health, to support somebody experiencing mental health-related challenges, or to develop your professional knowledge, there will be a useful course for you, so I urge you to come along to the open day or download the prospectus from our website.”

The prospectus for the 2019/20 academic year, which contains full details of the courses available across the county, is available at www.sussexrecoverycollege.org.uk 

Alternatively, call 0300 303 8086 or email sussex.recoverycollege@nhs.net.