Mental health challenges can be overcome

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An open day on the free, innovative courses for people with mental health challenges is being held in Eastbourne next month.

Sussex Recovery College runs adult courses from October offering a range of subjects around mental health and wellbeing, including Poetry for Recovery, Bipolar and Depression and Feel Better with a Book.

In addition this term there will be a pilot project being launched in East Sussex called the Discovery College aimed at 12 to 20-year-olds. The courses take place at venues in Eastbourne and St Leonards-on-Sea, with the first starting in September.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is working with a number of partner organisations across the region to deliver the Sussex Recovery College. The peer led (people with lived experience of mental health) courses are designed to allow students to become experts in their self-care and recovery through education and learning.

Courses are also open to carers and relatives, the staff of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and partner organisations.

People can find out more at the open day on September 3 at Eastbourne Town Hall from noon to 3pm.

Rob Cooper, Sussex Recovery College service manager, said, “Recovery College aims to increase the knowledge and skills of people in the community so they’re able to become experts in managing their own mental health and wellbeing.

“Our courses are in high demand so to ensure you’re offered a place I would encourage you to attend and register at one of our open days.”

The Trust provides a range of courses through the year and they are all free for people with longstanding, moderate or severe mental health challenges.

The courses are also free to their supporters including relatives, friends and carers, so they can learn how best to support their loved one.

The staff of Sussex Partnership and the other partner organisations are also able to attend.

Courses include mindfulness, happiness, improving your sleep, autism and mental health, managing anxiety and managing chronic pain and promoting wellbeing. They are all co-produced and co-run by peer trainers with personal experience of mental health challenges alongside those who have been professionally trained.