An exciting new opportunity for those living with mental health issues, addiction or seeking accommodation has launched in Bracknell Forest.
Stepping Stones Recovery College was founded to support over 18’s living or working in Bracknell Forest to learn how to deal with any challenges they may be facing and gain meaningful insight into how they can improve their future.
A number of courses are on offer and students will be supported to explore:
- how the different facets of health, such as mind, body and emotions affect wellbeing
- the concept of recovery and how to get the most out of being a student
- how different mental and emotional issues arise, treatment options and ways to manage them, including specific workshops on depression, anxiety, stress, panic, low mood
- understanding addiction
- medications and therapies
Courses will give students the tools to improve their own health and wellbeing, sleeping patterns, build and maintain healthy relationships and understand simple nutrition and cooking techniques. Students will also be encouraged to take regular exercise partaking in being outdoors, planting and walking groups.
Cllr Dale Birch, Chair of the Bracknell Forest Health and Wellbeing Board and Executive Member for Health said:
“We are so proud to be offering this vital service to adults who live or work in our borough, after what has been and extremely difficult 18 months.
“We encourage anyone over 18 who is struggling with their mental health, addiction, or finding permanent accommodation to get in touch with Stepping Stones Recovery College.
“You will create your own personal recovery and learning plan and be supported by peer mentors throughout to connect with your local community and complete valuable courses.
“It is never too late to seek help, so please get in touch if you feel this could benefit you.”
The project has been partly funded by the Bracknell Forest Public Health Grant and developed in close association with people who have personal experience of mental health challenges.
You don’t need to be referred to join. You can self-refer on the Stepping Stones Recovery College website, or by phone on 01344 300333.