Courses: Lived experience and professional insights

Understand more about mental health with courses co-produced by professionals and people with lived experience of a mental health difficulty

What makes our courses different?

Our courses are designed and delivered in partnership between people who have lived experience of mental health difficulties and those with professional experience, for example an occupational therapist, nutritionist, employment coordinator or psychiatrist. It’s known as co-production and we feel it helps to offer the best insight and experience possible. Our courses are open to adults experiencing mental health difficulties and the family and professionals who support them.


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For individuals experiencing mental health difficulties

Personal growth and change is a natural part of life. But sometimes we  don’t know what we need to do in our lives to move forward, especially around mental health difficulties and recovery. Through sharing lived experience and education, we give people the strength and skills to manage their own recovery, and achieve their goals.

For carers, families and friends

Want to understand more? We offer education and insight if you’re supporting a family member or friend with mental health difficulties. You’ll get greater understanding of mental health conditions and experiences and learn how you can look after yourself while supporting your loved one.

For professionals who support people with mental health difficulties

Are you a professional who supports others to manage their mental health? Jersey Recovery College courses teach evidence-based practical skills, tools and knowledge designed and delivered using co-production between people with lived experience and subject matter professionals. Our courses are a valuable source of CPD. In UK recovery colleges, as many as one-third of all students are professionals supporting those with mental health difficulties.


Click here for the Autumn Semester 2021 Prospectus or see what courses we have coming up below. 

To register for a course, click on 'register interest' under the course and follow the steps until registration is completed. 

You will receive an email after registering, some emails may go into the junk/spam mailbox.   

Should there be any changes to the courses, we will contact you directly.


What Makes a Good Life?

Positive psychology is the science of what makes life worth living. It focuses on how to increase positivity, rather than just decreasing negativity, as well as focusing on what’s strong, rather than what’s wrong.

In this course, students will have opportunities to develop their knowledge of positive psychology and how to apply concepts to building a good life. We will develop our understanding of our personal strengths, the benefits of gratitude, the key features of a good life, helping others and more. We will explore these topics together through a variety of activities and discussions over two sessions.

Some of the benefits of practicing positive psychology are experiencing more positive emotion, better relationships, more empathy, better sleep and greater self-esteem. Practicing positive psychology also makes you less likely to suffer from depression, addiction and burnout, and be better at dealing with difficult situations.

This course is once a week for two weeks.

Tuesday 28th September - Tuesday 5th October
18:00 - 20:00

Introduction to Co-Production

Co-production is a word often used in and aroundhealth and social services but what does it really mean? This course issuitable for anyone interested in using co-production as a tool to design,review or improve services. It gives an overview of what co-production is,presents the principles of co-production, explores the advantages anddisadvantages of co-production and how it has worked in practice within localprojects.

Thursday 7th October
09:30 - 12:30

Yoga and Mindfulness for Everyday Life

This course will introduce students to a variety of  basic yoga and mindfulness practices that can be incorporated into daily living, to help reduce physical and mental stress, stay more present and be more compassionate to self and others. Most sessions will start with a brief presentation about aspects of mindfulness and yoga, followed by some  breath awareness, yoga sequences and ending with mindfulness and compassion practices.  The yoga will be gentle and relaxing and include chair and wall sequences, adaptations will be offered to make the practices accessible to all.

This course is once a week for six weeks.


Tuesday 12th October - Tuesday 16th November
18:00 - 20:00

Supporting Someone with an Eating Disorder

Confusion, anxiety and uncertainly is common among those in caring roles and our aim is to help guide you through your difficulties. Over the four sessions we hope that we will learn from one another by sharing our experiences, look at the importance of taking care of ourselves, improve our communication skills and learn whom we can contact in a crisis.  

This course is once a week for four weeks.


Saturday 16th October - Saturday 6th November
09:30 - 12:30

Facilitating Co-production

True co-production is about power sharing, reciprocity,collaboration, strengths and solutions. It takes thought, planning andfacilitation skills to create meaningful co-production which optimises everyparticipant’s input. This course prepares anyone wanting to run a piece ofco-production to design, evaluate or enhance a service. It will cover ethics,governance, who to involve and how, recruitment, facilitating power sharing,identifying and resolving conflict, session planning and facilitation and howto complete a piece of co-production. The course is split over two sessions. Itis best completed after attending JRC’s Introduction to co-production course. 

Thursday 21st October - Thursday 28th October
09:30 - 12:30

Balanced Living for Beginners

This six-week course is for anyone who wants to learn techniques to help restore balance to their life. It teaches  a number of key skills that would be useful for anyone that  regularly experiences difficult and stressful situations.  With practice these skills can help you respond more flexibly and more effectively to all kinds of problems.

This course is once a week for six weeks.

Tuesday 26th October - Tuesday 30th November
18:00 - 20:00

Supporting someone with no insight into their illness

On this short introductory course we will explain how LEAP (“Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner®”) shows individuals how to quickly gain the trust of someone and improve their relationships to better help people with mental illness.

Saturday 20th November
09:30 - 11:30

Introduction to Trauma

The introduction to trauma course will be looking at what trauma is and the potential impact of traumatic experiences on us, our lives and relationships based on the latest research which particularly focuses on the body's responses. We will discuss tools that can help us with regulation and also briefly describe potential therapeutic models that are sometimes uses. 

Tuesday 23rd November
17:30 - 20:30

Steps to Recovery

To equip students with the skills and knowledge to promote well-being and prepare for crisis.  We will be exploring this topic through different individual and group activities using elements of WRAP®.

There are four modules that create our Recovery Programme. You can attend one of these courses or all four. Our recovery modules as a programme are recommended for a fuller picture of ‘recovery’within Jersey Recovery College. 

Wednesday 24th November
17:30 - 20:30

Suicide Awareness

This course will show you how to listen to, talk with and support someone who is suicidal through group exercises and discussion.

Saturday 27th November
09:30 - 12:30