Month: January 2022

My Home, My Sanctuary – Starting in February

Meet Jake Roe

I am currently a student in Maynooth University studying Community and Youth Work. I have the privilege of experiencing my first student placement with the Dublin North, North East Recovery college. I am a qualified personal trainer and I work as a Relief Youth Worker for Sphere 17. I previously volunteered with Jigsaw youth mental health service for 3 years as a Youth Advocate. I am happy to be here as I believe strongly in the value and importance of Community Development work. I am excited to experience new ways of looking at mental health recovery and feel there is great importance in developing a sense of belonging within your community which can aid in the recovery process. I believe it is important to challenge the stigma around mental health and to encourage people to be open and honest about their emotions particularly young men. Human beings have a deep desire for a sense of belonging and ownership and it is encouraging to see the Recovery college promoting these key concepts in their practice.

A little bit about Gavin.

Having struggled along my own mental health journey for many years I have only recently begun to embrace this aspect of my life and haven’t looked back since. After many years within the retail sector and a Bachelors of Business and Law degree I had set myself down a very different path but found myself struggling more than ever. It was then that I began to engage with mental health services and found myself drawn to the area and knew I needed to make a permanent change. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to join the Recovery College and loved having the opportunity to learn from not only the amazing facilitators and coordinators but the fantastic Recovery College students also. Although primarily occupying an admin position I was given the chance to complete a facilitation course and have gone on to co-facilitate multiple courses for which I am very grateful. Overall I don’t yet know where my journey leads but do know I am delighted to be a part of the Recovery College in whatever capacity I find myself in!