Bucks recovery college: Providing mental health education and recovery

Bucks recovery college: Providing mental health education and recovery

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:44am 28th February 2020.

Buckinghamshire Recovery College provides education and information on meantal health and recovery.

Based at The Whiteleaf Centre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire Recovery College was launched in 2017 and was the first of its kind in the county. 

It provides a safe space to learn about mental health and recovery, through a unique mix of tutors, health professionals and courses. 

The college hopes to help students understand their mental health issues, and provide a path to recovery.

One thing that makes this path of mental health recovery different is the tutors, some of which are lived experience tutors, which means they have experiences mental health issues themselves. 

Acting college lead Paul explains the impact this has:

"Hope is a powerful tool. When students can identify with the lived experience tutors, this is where they are and this is where I'd like to be, it gives them hope.

"They have had their own mental health challenges and having them work alongside mental health professionals demonstrates hope to students with regards to their own recovery."

The core basis of the recovery college is the partnership between the tutors and mental health professionals.

Bucks Recovery College

The partnership between them is what students, tutors and those running the college believe gives people the freedom to express themselves.

Heida is a lived experience tutor herself, having been a student at the college in the past and see's similarities in her work at the college and her hobby:

"I'm a gardener and I know that nobody can make plants grow. All the gardener can do is prepare the soil and get the conditions right, and the plant can grow. 

"I view the work we do here on very similar lines. We try the best we can to get the conditions right and then the students and tutors will grow."

Courses in the college available range from creative classes to more structured ones. 

Each student is provided with some flexibility in their choices as they progress through their recovery.

Unlike other mental health services, students don't need to be referred to the college either. 

Interested people can:

  • Email (BuckinghamshireRecoveryCollege@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk)
  • Call 07748 328758 or 01865 901515
  • Text 07748 328758
  • Or attend an enrollment day to find out more information.

Daisy spoke about her journey with borderline personality disorder and the recovery college:

"I owe everything to this college, because I'm back on track now and I learnt to live with my condition.

"You try and fight these demons in your head... But coming to this college has helped me accept that those are always going to be there. Those challenges are always going to be in my head but there are things I can do to better myself.

"I feel quite happy about talking about things. Talking more helps go straight into your head and clears things out, its the best thing you can do."

Listen to the full interview here:

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