Recovery Kitchen East Sussex

Healthy eating, cookery and wellbeing courses for people in recovery from mental health challenges.

The 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, highlighted that every week, 1 in 6 adults experience a common mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression and 1 in 5 adults have considered taking their own life at some point. (1) Mental health is one of the biggest and least talked about challenges faced by a huge percentage of the British population. I’ve experienced periods of depression and anxiety myself. I’ve also worked in the “sector” for years, so I’m acutely aware of how debilitating and distressing mental health issues can be.  Good food, being physically active, talking to people I trust, being mindful and regularly doing things I love to do, help me to stay well and happy.

Nourishing food has a profound effect on our health, both mental and physical. Cooking can be a fun and creative activity which helps us to develop skills and self confidence while doing something deeply practical with edible results. Cooking and eating together is a simple way of connecting with other people. It helps individuals, families and communities to be healthier, more connected and in tune with the natural rhythms of life

Having piloted several hugely successful programs since 2015, I’m delighted to be running Recovery Kitchen in Sussex in the coming months.  Community Chef has teamed up with Southdown Mental Health Recovery Services to run a series of healthy eating, cookery and well-being training courses.

Funded by the Lottery’s Awards for All, Recovery Kitchen is a fantastic opportunity for people experiencing mental health challenges to come together to learn, cook and share food in a social, supportive, friendly atmosphere. In addition to cooking and eating together, the participants also learn everyday mindfulness techniques which can help reduce stress and anxiety. The 5 week program culminates in the group preparing and hosting a celebratory community meal for family and friends.

Our bigger vision is for these courses to act as a springboard for Southdowns wellbeing centres to establish ongoing Recovery Kitchens.

Recovery Kitchen is for anyone experiencing mental health challenges – whether or not they have a formal diagnosis or are currently supported by Southdown.  If you are interested in joining one of the courses, or know someone who might be, then do get in touch.

Lewes: Thursdays 19 April till 17 May,  rob.birch@nullsouthdown.org 01273 405800

Hailsham: Thursdays 7 june till 5 july, matt.francis@nullsouthdown.org 01323 849844

Hastings: Wednesdays 13 June till 11 July, hastingsandstleonardswellbeingcentre@nullsouthdown.org 01424 435472

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