Recovery college is part of the Power of people, our award-winning series of inspiring short films about life-changing health care innovation. 

Our film features the Severn & Wye Recovery College, which was set up by the 2gether Trust in 2013 to provide a new way to support people living with mental health problems. We look at how the college developed and the way it is harnessing peer support to help people manage their own recovery in the long term.

This moving and hopeful film shows how mental health patients are empowered through peer support to become students of their own recovery, self-managing anxiety, depression and long-term mental illness.

The film features Heather, a vet who shares her personal experience of struggling with mental illness, receiving support from the college and eventually supporting others to recover too.

For more information, contact Anna Burhouse, Director of Quality, West of England Academic Health Science Network


Helen Ayash Hill

A brilliant idea which has shown great results. Congratulations to all those involved. Other Trusts would greatly benefit from initiatives such as this.

Good luck with developing this project.


Retired OT

Stephen Smith


What a great concept, I have had a mental illness for 8 years now and have met a lot of different people and tried a lot of different ideas with of course so much different medication, that it baffles me, still.. I had a very successful career in my former life and I ended up losing everything, wife, family friends and the businesses, luckily not my life, but it has taken me a long time to say that I am lucky to still be here, it really has. It is so good to see and hear that there is somewhere that is being run by people who have actually gone through mental illness and not just been trained about it. Congratulations.


Better Not Bitter

I am in the same situation but have a different attitude, and what a difference.

Changing my thinking literally saved my life.

Thanks to Cognitive Therapy which helped me talk my issues through.

I have been stable for over 3 years , touch wood and studying Mental Health Nursing.

I learnt from the onset that you as an individual have to want to get better more than those around you.

Do it for yourself. Take little steps and live a rewarding life again despite set backs. Try and try again.

It is possible to recover, you just have to find out what works for you and run with it.

All the best in your personal journeys.

Abdulqadir Shidane

To whom it may concern I am a patient at a mental services in park royal; pine ward.

I Would like to become a support worker through your college.

Yours Sincerly

Abdulqadir Shidane

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