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.

Courses

Suicide Awareness

This session aims to create empathy and challenge stigma by developing understanding of suicidal behaviour.  You will know your role in suicide prevention and be able to respond to someone in distress and be able to use the resources provided to know how to seek help.

Schedule
Tuesday 10th September
14:00 - 16:30
Thursday 24th October
14:00 - 16:30

What is Recovery?

We will explore just what the“Recovery" in Jersey's Recovery College is. We will look at the meaning of recovery for people with mental health difficulties. These four modules have been co-produced to look at some of the ways we can try to feel more hopeful and more in-control; allowing us to make the most of opportunities and move forwards in our Recovery. 

We do recommend that all four of our recovery modules are attended for a fuller picture of ‘recovery’ within Jersey Recovery College. 

This module is the first of four where we will be looking at describing recovery principles, what helps in Recovery and evaluating what recovery means for ourselves. This course has been designed to aid a better understanding of recovery and what is available to all our students.

Schedule
Wednesday 11th September
09:30 - 11:30

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 every Wednesday for six weeks.

Schedule
Wednesday 18th September - Wednesday 23rd October
18:30 - 20:00

Understanding and Managing Anxiety

We will explore anxiety in the context of our own lives. Over three sessions we will cover what anxiety is, what causes it and what can we do about it.  Through group discussion and activities, we will look at how our modern day lives impact on our basic needs as a social being.    

This course is once a week for three weeks.

Schedule
Thursday 19th September - Thursday 3rd October
14:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 15th October - Tuesday 29th October
17:30 - 19:30

Goal Setting in Recovery

We will explore just what the “Recovery" in Jersey's Recovery College is. We will look at the meaning of recovery for people with mental health difficulties. These four modules have been co-produced to look at some of the ways we can try to feel more hopeful and more in-control; allowing us to make the most of opportunities and move forwards in our Recovery. 

We do recommend that all four of our recovery modules are attended for a fuller picture of ‘recovery’ within Jersey Recovery College. 

This module is the second of four where we will be explaining Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, introducing you to SMART principles, identify your personal needs and creating a personalised SMART plan based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This course has been designed as an interactive workshop to aid with goal settings in everyday life.

Schedule
Wednesday 25th September
09:30 - 11:30

Positive Psychology for Older Adults

In this busy world it is common to spend time worrying about the future and dwelling on the past. Developing the skills of Positive Psychology can help you to reconnect with yourself and others.

The course is aimed at ages 65+ and will focus on fostering and developing positive elements of wellbeing, rather than focusing on symptoms / reduction of symptoms. 

This course is every Monday for nine weeks. There is a break on Monday 21st October

Schedule
Monday 30th September - Monday 2nd December
14:00 - 15:30

Resilience and Wellbeing

We will explore just what the“Recovery" in Jersey's Recovery College is. We will look at the meaning of recovery for people with mental health difficulties. These four modules have been co-produced to look at some of the ways we can try to feel more hopeful and more in-control; allowing us to make the most of opportunities and move forwards in our Recovery. 

We do recommend that all four of our recovery modules are attended for a fuller picture of ‘recovery’ within Jersey Recovery College. 

This module is the third of four where we will be explaining wellbeing, discussing the Wheel of Wellbeing, resilience and how to bounce back. This course has been designed to aid in personal resilience and well being in everyday life. 

Schedule
Wednesday 9th October
09:30 - 11:30

Trapeze Yoga

Life from a Different Angle

A trapeze is a material swing with handles, it supports you with yoga poses which enables enjoyment of physical exercise.

These classes offer a gentle introduction where student can learn at their own pace, building self-belief and focus.  Students can grow physically stronger and increase their confidence in a safe environment and promote social engagement. 

Students will learn simple breathing techniques which will stimulate the relaxation response in the body which can then be used on a regular basis outside of the sessions.   

This course is every Wednesday for six weeks. 

Schedule
Wednesday 16th October - Wednesday 20th November
15:00 - 16:00

Steps to Recovery

We will explore just what the“Recovery" in Jersey's Recovery College is. We will look at the meaning of recovery for people with mental health difficulties. These four modules have been co-produced to look at some of the ways we can try to feel more hopeful and more in-control; allowing us to make the most of opportunities and move forwards in our Recovery. 

We do recommend that all four of our recovery modules are attended for a fuller picture of ‘recovery’ within Jersey Recovery College. 

This is our final module where we will be looking at how to keep yourself well, how to recognise when you are not well and what you can do in times of difficulty. You will learn how to maintain your recovery with a personalised action plan for everyday life.

Schedule
Wednesday 30th October
09:30 - 12:30

Introduction to Mindfulness

The course teaches students a range of mindfulness and compassion practices. Mindfulness can lead us to developing a greater tolerance and acceptance of unhelpful experiences which can then reduce our suffering and allows the development of more effective ways of coping. The course will benefit the student with reduction of stress and anxiety, improvement of mood and concentration, increase in self-compassion and therefore becoming less critical and kind to self. For some it can simply be one of the above of just the awareness of breath and stillness. 

This course is every Tuesday for four weeks. 

Schedule
Tuesday 12th November - Tuesday 3rd December
18:00 - 20:00

Living with Depression

Depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental health difficulty. We will explore this topic and how it affects our lives. Through individual & small group work will cover what it is, what causes it and strategies to overcome it.    

Schedule
Thursday 14th November
17:30 - 20:30

Introduction to Co-Production

Co-production is a word often used in and around health services but what does it really mean?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in using their lived experience to work within a co-produced model in order to contribute to services. It is also for health professionals or third sector organisations interested in exploring co-production within their own field.

Schedule
Tuesday 10th December
14:00 - 17:00