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.

Tune into Recovery

A fun and informal singing group.

Singing is brilliant for stress relief so come along and join us.

The course is open to everyone. No musical knowledge or experience is needed, just a ‘give it a go’ attitude and the willingness to take part in a non-judgemental and safe environment.

Each week we will sing a variety of songs and hopefully introduce new ones, possibly requested by yourselves, to build our collection.

Come along and sing your tensions away!

Schedule
Wednesday 6 June - Wednesday 11 July
1 - 2pm
6 weeks

Open Water Swimming

For many years, in many cultures, people have identified the positive mental and physical benefits of open water or “wild swimming”.

On this course we will introduce the benefits of open water swimming/bathing, while enjoying the opportunity to be outside in our natural Jersey surroundings.

This course is for anyone who would like to experience open water swimming, improve their personal wellbeing, enjoy some physical activity, spend some time in our beautiful natural surroundings and mix with other likeminded people.

Please note: This course involves swimming in the sea. Applicants should be able to swim 50m (2 lengths of a standard length pool) unsupported. We have trained lifeguards on hand.

Schedule
Monday 25 June - Friday 20 July
10am - 11 / 11.30am
4 weeks / 8 sessions (Monday's and Friday's)

Carer and Family Education Programme

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 9 June - Saturday 30 June
9am - 12pm
4 weeks

Sleep Management

Since the industrial revolution sleep has been trimmed from each end of the working day. Research is now highlighting the dire effects this is having on individuals and society.

The course will discuss this research, its far-reaching effects and why you should make sleep the most important part of your waking day.

Schedule
Thursday 14 June - Thursday 21 June
5.30 - 7.30pm
2 weeks

Thursday 5 July - Thursday 12 July
5.30 - 7.30pm
2 weeks

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.

Schedule
Tuesday 22 May
6 - 9pm
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
Tuesday 5 June
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
Saturday 26 May
10am - 2pm
1 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 stand alone session or as a taster for those uncertain whether or not they would like to commit to the full course in the future.

Schedule
Thursday 17 May
6.30 - 8pm
1 session

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 12 June
5.30 - 8.30pm
1 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 19 June
5.30 - 8.30pm
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 16 May
9am - 4pm
1 session

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 26 June
2 - 5pm
1 session

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 using peer support or 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.

This session is aimed at people who are interested in understanding the principles and benefits of peer support, in particular those who may be considering accessing peer support for themselves or volunteering as a peer support worker.

Schedule
Wednesday 18 July
5.30 - 8.30pm
1 session

Suicide Awareness

This module aims to create empathy and challenge stigma by helping participants develop their understanding of suicidal behaviour, suicide mitigation and promotes their role in suicide prevention.

It is suitable for frontline professionals working in health and social care or anyone with a special interest.

At the end of the module participants will be able to develop a compassionate approach suitable for a demanding and time-pressured environment. They will know their role in suicide prevention and be able to respond to someone in distress. They will also be able to use the resources provided to know how to seek help from Statutory and third sector services.

Schedule
Wednesday 13 June
2.30 - 4.30pm
1 session

Wednesday 27 June
2.30 - 4.30pm
1 session

Self-Harm Response

This module aims to provide a range of tools and techniques for health and social care practitioners, service users and carers.

It is suitable for all professionals who have an ongoing relationship with people who self-harm and the general public who have an interest.

At the end of the module participants will be able to understand the role of psychological therapies: use the Bank of Hope including problem-solving approach and the ABC approach and how to use it. They will understand ways to develop resilience including mindfulness approaches. Participants will understand the role of social support mapping when co-creating an immediate and long-term Safety Plan and the structure and process of experiencing the co-creating of an immediate and long-term Safety Plan.

Schedule
Wednesday 20 June
2.30 - 4.30pm
1 session

Wednesday 25 July
2.30 - 4.30pm
1 session