Addressing Mental Health issues through Adult Learning

The Adult Learning tutors are successfully supporting disadvantaged local residents to improve their mental health and move on in their lives. ‘Susan’ suffered from agoraphobia and mental health problems and it took a lot of courage for her to enrol on maths and English classes. Since then she has attended regularly and passed her entry level maths and English qualifications. Alongside this tutors supported her to complete a qualification in Personal and Social skills which helped develop thinking through some of the personal issues she was facing. She is now working towards achieving Functional Skills level 1 in maths and English.

Susan’s growth in confidence has been amazing – before Christmas she went on holiday for the first time in twenty years. Up until recently she would not leave home or use public transport without support. Susan started her new job two weeks ago working in a local staff canteen. She says ‘I have loads more confidence than what I used to have. A year ago I wouldn’t even go out the house by myself. Staff have been really helpful too and listen to anything and help with anything I find difficult. I’ve got a job now which I never thought would be possible but thanks to coming here it has happened.’