The purpose of this paper is to explore whether one Recovery College reflects its community.
Recovery College students’ demographics and protected characteristics were compared with the general population and the population of people using local mental health services.
Recovery College students were representative of the local community in terms of ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation. Fewer Recovery College students were over 60 years old or men.
Recovery Colleges may be more accessible to people who are often under-served and under-represented in mainstream mental health services, including people from BAME backgrounds and people who identify as LGBT. Recovery Colleges may need to engage more men and more older people. Recovery Colleges aim to be inclusive and open to all but need to ensure that this is a reality in practice.
This is the first study to explore who accesses Recovery Colleges and whether they are inclusive and open to all.
The authors would like to thank Amanda Woodham, Tina Lee, Sylvie Barr, Karen Swain, Paul Neale and members of the Recovery College Innovations group.
Meddings, S., Walsh, L., Patmore, L., McKenzie, K.L.E. and Holmes, S. (2019), "To what extent does Sussex Recovery College reflect its community? An equalities and diversity audit", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 136-144. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-04-2019-0011
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