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.


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.

Thursday 23rd May
18:00 - 21:00

Supporting Someone with a Mental Health Issue

This course aims to educate and connect people who are supporting someone with a mental health difficulty. 

This course is suitable for anyone caring for or supporting someone with their mental health including family, loved ones, friends or colleagues. It is also suitable for professionals working with individuals who have mental health difficulties.

Saturday 1st June - Saturday 22nd June
09:00 - 12:00

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.

Thursday 6th June
18:00 - 21:00

Living with Anxiety

Understanding and Managing Anxiety in a Meaningful Way 

Anxiety is experienced by everyone at some points in our lives. However for some anxiety can have a major impact on their lives.

On this course we will explore what anxiety is and how it impacts on body, mind and daily life. We will look at ways to help manage anxiety  through a variety of self-help approaches and strategies.

Thursday 13th June
18:00 - 21:00

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 like minded people.

Please note: The classroom session is compulsory in order to attend the course. It involves swimming in the sea and students should be able to swim 50m (2 lengths of a standard length pool)unsupported. We have trained lifeguards on hand. 

Monday 24th June - Friday 19th July
10:00 - 11:00

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 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.

Tuesday 16th July
14:00 - 17:00

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 17th July
17:30 - 18:30