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.


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 take opportunities

Tuesday 26th March
14:00 - 17:00

Mindful Moments

Mindful Moments is a taster workshop for those new to mindfulness who may not have the time for long, meditative practice. We will explore what mindfulness is and isn't, and then introduce a number of short, informal practices, which can be integrated into daily life.

Tuesday 2nd April
18:00 - 21:00

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.

Tuesday 9th April
18:00 - 21:00

Understanding Peer Support

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 using your experiences of mental health difficulties to help others?

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 or those wanting to access peer support.

Wednesday 10th April
14:00 - 17:00