Weʼve raised £160 to take Recovery College and Peer Support Mental Health Training to Sri Lanka for traumatised victims of the Civil War and Tsunami
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- Funded on Tuesday, 27th December 2016
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I first went to Sri Lanka in January 2016 to begin my work as a volunteer, Teaching the following courses, it was so well evaluated they asked me to return.
Peer Support is when person with a Mental Illness helps support another person with Mental illness. We have tremendous empathy and understanding for each other, and truly know what it feels like, we help the person gain confidence, use self-help techniques and develop self-awareness and coping strategies to keep well.
Recovery College is not a school or university, it is an educational approach where people with mental illness partner professionals to co-produce and deliver a course to people with mental illness.
Some of the courses are Coping with Bipolar, Coping with Anxiety, Coping with Psychosis, Overcoming Trauma, Overcoming Depression, Resilience, Mindfulness, Happiness/Positive Thinking, Self Esteem, Recovery and Wellbeing
Many of the people of Sri Lanka have suffered severe mental illness due to many years of Civil War followed by the Tsunami. It has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.
The Sri Lankan’s have limited health care resources for people suffering with mental illnesses and I would like to help the people of Sri Lanka develop ways to support each other through Recovery College and Peer Support, both of which have been tried and tested and are highly regarded across the UK.
I have had my own journey with Mental Illness. I was first diagnosed as having Bipolar Affective Disorder 36 years ago and spent the next 20 years in and out of Hospitals.
I have trained extensively for both Recovery College and Peer Support and these have transformed my life. I have not been in hospital for the last 6 years.
I have found it an honour and a privilege to be involved in this work. I feel passionate about the opportunity to help develop these highly successful, truly life changing and inspiring courses, giving hope to many in Sri Lanka.
Diana Cunningham4 months ago
Dear all I want to thank all of you who have donated to my trip to Sri Lanka to go as a volunteer taking aRecovery College To the people who have a mental illness. Please pass this message on to anyone you know who might be interested in funding this project. If you would be interested in me keeping you informed as to how it all goes I am happy to email you while I am away please let me know Many thanks Diana
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Dec 5, 2016
So proud of my Sister Diana... You have turned your life around & are an inspiration to us all. Well done. xx
Nov 29, 2016
Such an important project, great job Diana
Nov 29, 2016
Keep up the good work. X Mary
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