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.

Carer and Family Education Programme: In partnership with Mind Jersey

This programme aims to educate anyone involved with caring for someone with a mental health difficulty.  It includes sharing and learning from one another, looking after ourselves, communication skills, crisis planning, where to find support and hope for the future.

Schedule
Saturday 13th January - Saturday 10th February
9am - 12pm
5 weeks

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga

This course is open to everyone. No previous yoga experience is necessary. If you are interested in self-development and would like to improve your physical, emotional, and/or mental health than it is definitely something for you.

Kundalini Yoga brings together postures, breathing and meditation and aims to support you with tools to use in helping to manage every day stresses and challenges.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in (a 'fitted' top is beneficial for inverted postures), bring a light weight blanket and some water to drink.

This course has limited spaces. We ask that those who apply for this course can commit to attend as many sessions as possible.

Schedule
Thursday 18th January - Thursday 22nd February
6 - 7.30pm
6 weeks

Thursday 1st March - Thursday 5th April
6 - 7.30pm
6 weeks

Introduction to Recovery

This workshop explores just what the “Recovery" in Jersey's Recovery College is. We will look at the meaning of recovery for people with mental health difficulties, their friends and families, and for the professionals who work with them. 

Schedule
Tuesday 23rd January
2.00 - 5.00pm
Single session

Tuesday 27th February
5.30 - 8.30pm
Single session

Recovery in Action

This workshop focuses on putting recovery into action; looking at some of the ways we can try to feel more hopeful, more in-control and more ready and able to create and make the most of opportunities.

Schedule
Tuesday 13th February
2.00 - 5.00pm
Single session

Tuesday 20th March
5.30 - 8.30pm
Single session

Balanced Living for Beginners Lite

This workshop provides a brief overview of some key skills to help manage emotions and relationships. It gives a flavour of our six-week course and can be attended as a standalone session or as a taster for those uncertain whether or not they would like to commit to the full course.

A standalone session or a good precursor for six-week course.

Schedule
Wednesday 24th January
6.30 - 8pm
1 session

Wednesday 28th March
6.30 - 8pm
1 session

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.

Please note: The Balanced Living for Beginners Lite session is a good precursor to this six-week course.

Schedule
Wednesday 7th February - Wednesday 14th March
6.30 - 8pm
6 weeks

Co-Production in Action

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

Co-production involves professionals, usually health professionals or organisations that deliver services, working in partnership with the people using their services to design, evaluate and run them

This course explores what co-production is, how it works best and why it is an important and powerful approach to delivering services. It is suitable for anybody interested in working within a co-production model whether that is someone interested in using their lived experience to contribute to services or any health professionals or third sector organisations interested in exploring co-production within their own field.

We recommend this course for anyone interested in becoming a trainer with Jersey Recovery College in the future.

Schedule
Tuesday 6th March
2 - 5pm
1 session

Facilitation Skills

This workshop is for anyone who would like to run a Jersey Recovery College Course.  

It would also be suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about facilitating a group of adults, particularly those affected by mental health difficulties and anyone involved in their care.  

The workshop aims to explore what makes a good trainer and course, how to structure a course, how to manage difficult situations in the classroom and how to evaluate the session.

Schedule
Wednesday 31st January
9am - 4pm
1 session

Exploring Self-Compassion

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a person we care about. 

During this introductory workshop we will explain the meaning of self-compassion and  its benefits and challenges. We will invite students to participate in some brief exercises and meditations, which are designed to bring awareness to our experiences and to ourselves. We will provide some resource information for those wishing to continue to explore the subject.

Schedule
Sunday 28th January
10am - 1pm
1 session

Tuesday 13th March
6 - 9pm
1 session

Understanding Low Self-Esteem

This course will help us to explore what low self-esteem means to us, how it can develop, what can keep our self-esteem low and encourage us to start to thinking about healthy self-esteem.

Schedule
Sunday 24th February
10am - 2pm
1 session

Saturday 24th March
10am - 2pm
1 session

Understanding Peer Support: In partnership with Mind Jersey

Do you know what peer support is and how it can help people experiencing mental health difficulties? Have you ever thought about becoming a peer support worker? 

Peer support is about giving and receiving help and encouragement based on respect, mutuality and shared lived experience. The value of peer support in recovery is being increasingly accepted worldwide, and the States of Jersey has recognised its importance in its most recent Mental Health Strategy.

It is aimed at people who are interested in understanding the principles and benefits of peer support, in particular those who may be considering becoming peer support workers.

Schedule
Thursday 29th March
2 - 5pm
1 session