Category: Student Forum

A trip to the Belfast Recovery College

I attended a forum meeting in DCU Recovery College in March.  The Recovery College coordinator invited all students if they would like to attend the launch of the Belfast Recovery College in the Black Box Theatre. Some took the opportunity to go and see what it was all about.

We got the chance to meet and greet with those who are passionate and oversee the running of the Recovery College. Through drama, the amazing recovery college students demonstrated   what it’s like for those who have mental health issues, due to different experiences at some point in their lives, be it biologically, psychologically or socially.

The drama gave us a taste of how to reclaim the authentic self through education, therefore enabling students to go forward in mental well being and recovery.  Students shared how the Recovery College was   paramount to the healing process.

I couldn’t  help notice like the Recovery College in DCU,  the sense  of being  loved and a sense of  belonging  that  stood out among the  students and team leaders at the launch. This was enhanced by knowing that all students and educators have lived experiences and are treated equally on their own journey.

I have my own story of loss, however I’ve learned to believe in a brighter day. The Recovery College is a place to feel safe and also to learn a new way about mental health recovery.  The Recovery College launch was about ordinary people embracing mental health in a new way and learning to become fully alive.

Thanks for a great day with the Recovery College Belfast.


Student Forum Monday 9th April 2018.

Confirmation the Monthly Forum will meet from 11am on Monday 9th April.  
Particularly calling out to all you students who haven’t taken part in the forum… We hope you’ll join our growing community… this is your opportunity to give something back!!
The Student Forum is your opportunity to help develop the college, this month we’ll also continue planning the upcoming summer wellbeing festival, so again we very much hope you’ll participate here.  It’s your space!!
A) Recovery College Room DCU 
B) DKIT School of nursing and Midwifery Board Room
C) Room 404, An Táin, Community Mental Health centre Navan.
Time: 11-1pm
Date: Monday 9th April.
If you want to see the college flourish and ensure students have a say in how we work, please do attend!

Students are designing a new logo for the student forum.

Some sketches are coming in for the new student forum logo, the next student forum meeting it on the 9th of April.

Dublin North, Dundalk and Navan all connected for the student forum this Friday.

We have three hubs, Dublin North, Dundalk and Navan and we could not do this without the help and enthusiasm from our students and partners. We are all connecting this Friday the 12th of January.

Special thanks to Imelda in Louth Meath Education and Training Board for providing a room for the Navan students to participate in the student forum by phone.

For the second time and fingers crossed the technology will work Dundalk Institute of Technology will be connected into the Recovery room in DCU for the student Forum thanks to both Pat’s  and Mark who made it such a success in December.

If you are a Recovery College student and did not get an email or want to attend for the first time give us a ring.