A college which aims to provide support to people with mental health conditions to improve their lives and to live well is going to be able to support more people and sooner as it officially opens its new and improved premises today.
The new West Suffolk Recovery College centre is being officially opened on Hospital Road, in Bury St Edmunds, with patients, carers, staff and partner agencies in attendance.
The Recovery College - with bases across Norfolk and Suffolk - is run by NSFT and provides a range of courses and workshops to service users or patients who are receiving secondary mental health care with the Trust. The courses are aimed at helping them to better understand their condition, to identify positive goals and to support their access to opportunities, such as employment and independent living.
Carers and NSFT staff can also attend to further develop their skills, gain support, and more fully understand mental health issues.
Courses and workshops are run by Peer Tutors – people who have their own lived experience of mental health issues and are often former NSFT patients. Their role is integral to running of the service and provides a joint learning environment where people with personal experience, those who provide their support, and Trust staff can learn together and from each other.
Replacing an old and no longer fit for purpose base at Blomfield House, Bury St Edmunds the new college has three training rooms, more meeting space, and increased car parking.
Local Recovery College coordinator, Emilia Deakin explained that this means they can offer more courses to more people. “We have had a great response from people so far, with many commenting that our freedom to run more courses means they are easier for people to fit into their everyday lives.
“The courses and workshops make a real difference to people’s lives, empowering them to live well with their mental health condition.
“We hope to run more sessions of our most popular courses so that people don’t have to wait until spaces become available.”
The expansion of the college is in line with NSFT’s recently launched Recovery Strategy, which aims to promote people with mental health problems can getting involved in things which are important to them and build a life beyond illness.
For more information about the Recovery College visit: http://www.nsft.nhs.uk/Get-involved/Pages/Recovery-College.aspx
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