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To what extent does Sussex Recovery College reflect its community? An equalities and diversity audit

Sara Meddings (Psychology and Psychological Therapies, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex, UK) (ImROC, Nottingham, UK)
Lucy Walsh (Brighton and Hove Recovery College, Southdown Housing Association, Brighton and Hove, UK)
Louise Patmore (Sussex Recovery College, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex, UK)
Katie Louise Emily McKenzie (Sussex Recovery College, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex, UK)
Sophie Holmes (Psychology and Psychological Therapies, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 19 July 2019

Issue publication date: 19 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore whether one Recovery College reflects its community.

Design/methodology/approach

Recovery College students’ demographics and protected characteristics were compared with the general population and the population of people using local mental health services.

Findings

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.

Practical implications

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.

Originality/value

This is the first study to explore who accesses Recovery Colleges and whether they are inclusive and open to all.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Amanda Woodham, Tina Lee, Sylvie Barr, Karen Swain, Paul Neale and members of the Recovery College Innovations group.

Citation

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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Emerald Publishing Limited

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