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 - Summer Semester 2017 (May - Aug)

Introduction to Recovery

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

Tuesday 16 May
2.00 - 5.00pm
Single session

This session is now full for our Summer Semester 2017.
Tuesday 4 July
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 take opportunities.

Tuesday 13th June
2.00 – 5.00pm
Single session
Tuesday 8th August
5.30 – 8.30pm
Single session

Open Water Swimming

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

This course aims to introduce or re-introduce participants to the individual and personal benefits of open water swimming/bathing, whilst enjoying the opportunity to be outside benefitting from our natural 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 participants.

Please note: The group is available to anyone who feels confident they can swim 50m (2 lengths of a standard length pool) unsupported.

Mondays & Fridays
19th June – 14th July
10.00 – 11.00am
4 weeks / 8 sessions

Carer and family education and support 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.  

Saturday 27th May – Saturday 1st July
9.00am - 12.00pm
5 Weeks (No session on 17th June)

Introduction to Compassionate Mindfulness

This workshop is aimed at those interested in attending the 8-week Compassionate Mindfulness course. It will provide an overview of the longer course to enable individuals to decide whether or not they would like to continue with the 8-week course.


Thursday 18 May
6.30 – 8.00pm
Single session
Thursday 3 August
6.30 – 8.00pm
Single session

Compassionate Mindfulness

Mindfulness and Self-compassion have been shown to improve many areas of wellbeing, including lowering stress, improving mood and increasing life satisfaction. The Compassionate Mindfulness 8-week course aims to explain the concepts of mindfulness and self-compassion and to offer various practices to help embed these into our lives. A willingness to practice daily is essential to getting the most out of the course.

This course is now full for our Summer Semester 2017.

Thursday 8 June – Thursday 27 July
6.30 - 8.30pm
8 weeks

Balanced living for beginners Lite

This workshop provides an overview of some key skills to help manage emotions and relationships. It is a lite version of the longer six-week course. It can be attended as a standalone course or as a good precursor to anyone wishing to undertake the full course.

Wednesday 24th May
6.30 – 8.00pm
Single session
Thursday 12th July
6.30 – 8.00pm
Single session

Balanced Living for Beginners: An Everyday Guide to Managing Emotions and Relationships

This six week course is for anyone who wants to learn skills 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.

Wednesday 31st May – Wednesday 5th July
6.30 – 8.00pm
6 Weeks