I came to the recovery college in 2018. I’d been through a bereavement which had a massive impact on my mental health and I’d fallen into my old habit of staying in the house and isolating myself from the outside world.
Someone suggested I try the recovery college as I had always wanted to help others who felt like me and felt I had a lot to give. So I enrolled on a Peer Mentor Course which was the first step to a huge change in my life.
I loved the course so much that I offered to volunteer. I couldn’t believe how my confidence grew when supporting other people and I got involved in co-facilitating more and more courses and groups.
Eventually a job came up as a Peer Supporter and I decided to apply. I was over the moon to be offered it, it felt like all my hard work had been worth it.
The recovery college has changed my life tremendously and attending that first course was the best decision I have ever made.
Now I’m a link worker, responsible for supporting people who feel just as I did. I’m able to say there is hope for the future and I’m here to help you.