Mandy Round’s Story…
Mandy Round – Co Facilitator – Feel the Fear, Creative Writing I first attended The Exchange Recovery College back in 2016 as a learner, after experiencing anxiety, obsessive behaviours and…
Mandy Round – Co Facilitator – Feel the Fear, Creative Writing
I first attended The Exchange Recovery College back in 2016 as a learner, after experiencing anxiety, obsessive behaviours and psychotic episodes. These experiences were distressing and at times I felt suicidal. The turning point came when I attended the Exchange Recovery College and accessed the “Feel the Fear” course, which started me on to the road to recovery. By using the tools and techniques that I learnt, I began to take back control of my complex mind and minimise over thinking.
In 2017 I first started to explore NHS volunteering with The Exchange Recovery College. I was motivated by my own lived experience and the need to give back and share the lessons I had learnt. Being an NHS volunteer seemed the next logical step for me in my recovery and I was also interested in developing myself, especially my confidence.
In my current role as co-facilitator, I co-deliver Feel the Fear and a Creative Writing course. Both of these have enabled me to learn new skills and develop my confidence. In 2019 I was successful in achieving a Level 3 Certificate in Education and Training with Barnsley College. This enhanced my facilitation skills and gave me encouragement to continue learning and develop my potential.
Moving forward, I have reached a point, where my recovery journey has offered me hope, opportunities, choices and the potential to re-visit past learning goals and aspirations. With this in mind, my next step is to apply to Northern College and embark upon a social sciences diploma, which will hopefully lead me onto to employment. I now feel that I am fully equipped to meet life’s challenges, having learnt the tools and techniques to self-manage and I can look forward to future with optimism.
I have learnt new ways to be and stay healthy and also some coping strategies and mechanisms to help manage my enthusiasm and confidence to be able to do things in my life.
“I came you in 2018. I took creative writing and art courses. I’m now a Master of Arts, in creative writing and I won the Ictus Prize for poetry too....