People with lived experience, service providers and decision makers working to promote recovery in mental health across the city attended a day of celebrations, held in the Steeple, Dundee, on Thursday 13th December, to mark the 3rd anniversary of Making Recovery Real in Dundee.
The well-attended event started by exploring the power of recovery story sharing, with a short film presentation and through people sharing their personal experiences from the stage, around the tables and from the floor.
After a buffet lunch, the growth of peer recovery and how this made a difference to people’s lives in Dundee was explored though an entertaining ‘sofa chat’ and discussion, held on the stage.
The day included a highly enjoyable session of group singing, led by Penny Stone, who had everyone on their feet, singing together, and the graduation of 7 new Peer 2 Peer Graduates, presented by Counsellor Ken Lynn, Vice-Chair of the Integrated Joint Board.
The next steps for Making Recovery Real in Dundee are to further develop and grow peer recovery and opportunities for people to use their lived experience to help others, and promote the use of recovery story sharing, particularly in mainstream mental health services.