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Sunderland first University in UK to sign recovery pledge

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Published on 16 November 2022

University Friendly Recovery Pledge signing
University Friendly Recovery Pledge signing

The University of Sunderland has officially committed to supporting students in recovery by becoming the first university in the UK to sign the University Friendly Recovery Pledge.

The pledge commits to providing a supportive environment which enables people in recovery to thrive and reach their full potential.

It’s as the University held its fourth annual Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference at the Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre today (Wednesday 16 November) on the theme of ‘Mental Health in the Classroom’.

The event explored transitioning into university, mental health in curriculum design and pedagogy, and how we can support student mental health in the classroom.

The day included contributions from students, staff and the Students' Union, as well as key speaker Dr Tom Kimball from Texas Tech University. 

In his session, Dr Kimball outlined the importance of supporting students in recovery, some of the highlights from his work in the US and how supporting students in recovery can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and help build a more inclusive campus.

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