Thursday 11th November 2021
Anyone who lives in Bedfordshire can come along and learn about a subject of interest and receive support from people with shared experiences.
The courses and workshops are focused on recovery strategies and psycho-educative support. Most of the peer tutors have ‘lived-in’ experience of a mental health challenge and experienced personal transformation. Their stories and accumulated knowledge can offer hope to the lost and hopeless, kinship to the lonely and disillusioned. This ethos makes the Recovery College stand out from other NHS services, helping sufferers feel understood, fostering a relaxed, safe environment for sharing.
“I was able to draw on the research I’d done for our Project Educate 2021 Complex PTSD self-help factsheets in producing my Power Point presentation. My training in psychodynamic theory and experience of a variety of healing modalities probably helped add more depth.
“The peer tutor training and 1-2-1 supervision provided by the Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College was fantastic. I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity and worked with a highly dedicated team. My supervisor was always at my side guiding me and building up my confidence until I had proven to myself that I could do it.”
‘A very professional, educative and interactive course.
I learned a lot.’
- T. Kore (Participant)
‘Very sensitive but amazing workshop. Although it triggered some past issues for me, it gave me awareness and tools how to cope and seek further help.’
- Anon (Participant)
‘Evocative, professionally produced and life-affirming. You combine the creative with the psycho-educative. What you say resonates with people. It’s transformative with a liberatory undertone.’
- Amit Shenmar, Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College Co-ordinator
Register your interest in joining a new series of workshops about Complex PTSD with Anna and the Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College by emailing email@example.com.
Friday 24th September 2021
People entering the mental health system are too often treated like ‘pariahs’ and made to feel as if their problems are their own fault, commented one delegate. ‘This adds to the burden of self-blame and shame so common among people with Complex PTSD.’
There were calls for an ‘ideological revolution’ with emotional intelligence and empathy, a gentle bedside manner, placed at the forefront of professional training.
There’s enough ‘self-stigma’ around mental health as it is, said another delegate. Domestic abuse breeds a lack of self-compassion and self-forgiveness, and physical health problems like ME, fibromyalgia, and HIV - high among African women, create additional layers of shame that don’t necessarily belong to the patient.
Wednesday 25th August 2021
Photo (left to right) Sarah Harris, Juanita Puddifoot, Sorrel Pindar, Mayor Dave Hodgson, Anna Bragga
Photography by Mark Deg & Izzy Smart
Project Educate 2021 Stage One, funded by the National Lottery Awards for All, comprises four colourful A4 double-sided self-help factsheets and four corresponding podcasts aimed at helping people who have experienced prolonged interpersonal trauma and abuse better understand their symptoms and provide information on NHS treatments and complementary therapies.
The initiative comes at a time when the country is facing unprecedented pressure on mental health services and many people without previous experience of mental health problems are seeing their mental health and wellbeing decline.
Recovery Code X founder, Anna Bragga, said:
“We’d like to thank Bedford Mayor, Dave Hodgson, for supporting our project. We contacted him back in March asking for help and were lucky to meet him to discuss our work and get his advice on several questions we had.
“Our next priority is getting the factsheets and podcasts out to the public. We’re organising an online forum to discuss this with mental health professionals and support workers in September. This initiative is about self-empowerment at a time when many people are feeling confused, anxious and disempowered. If we can get just one person on the path to healing and recovery, the work will all have been worthwhile, if we can get twelve, we’ll be ecstatic.”
People interested in finding out more about Complex PTSD can join Anna in a series of interactive online workshops next month with the Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College.
The money will be used to produce and distribute print and audio resources to help people knowingly or unknowingly struggling with Complex PTSD in Bedfordshire during the Covid19 pandemic.
Project Educate 2021 Stage One will see the creation and distribution of self-help factsheets and podcasts for survivors, their friends and families in a Bedfordshire-wide campaign.
The guides will address the following themes:
· Understanding Complex PTSD – for survivors
· Supporting recovery: Do’s and Don’t’s - for friends and families
· NHS treatments available during Covid19 and how to access them.
· Holistic therapies survivors can access and the symptoms they address.
Studies have shown that education can reduce self-blame, shame and other negative thought patterns. It can be also be a catalyst for change, and the exploration of treatment options.
Founder, Anna Bragga, said: “Project Educate 2021 builds on our previous work running peer support groups. Effective distribution of the self-help resources will be key to the success of the project. Anyone interested in stocking copies of the double-sided flyers or obtaining the podcasts should contact Recovery Code X .”
Enquiries: email firstname.lastname@example.org
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