SLaM Recovery College has been funded by donations and combines both professional and personal support to help its students recover from mental health difficulties. A short film has been made to showcase the fantastic work that is carried out by the people working and learning at the Recovery College.
Tony Holmes, peer recovery trainer and Operations Manager at SLaM Recovery College, says: ‘When I rocked up at the doors of SLaM and became a service user I was a broken human being. So, if you were to ask me what the college means to me, then the one thing above all is, it means hope.’
Looking back at what’s been achieved
The film features interviews with current and former service users and mental health professionals at the college. It’s made with the aim of taking stock of and celebrating what’s already been achieved, and looking at next steps for the Recovery College. It’s more than doubled its registrations per term since opening its doors in 2014 with around 350 students attending a course each term.
Speakers in the film include Chief Executive of SLaM Matthew Patrick, Professional Head of Occupational Therapy Gabrielle Richards, and SLaM Recovery College Manager/Practitioner Trainer Kirsty Giles and the team members who played significant roles in the formation of the college.
‘It’s become a part of the fabric of the Trust. It’s often been referred to in connection to other good initiatives and supporting one of the Trust’s strategic aims as a vehicle from treatment to prevention, working to empower people and help them stay well through effective self-management and peer support,’ says Gabrielle.
Without support from donations, service users at South London and Maudsley would have far less access to innovative extra services like this. Get involved today and help support life-changing projects at SLaM.