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.


Click here for the Summer Semester 2021 Prospectus or see what courses we have coming up below. 

To register for a course, click on 'register interest' under the course and follow the steps until registration is completed. 

You will receive an email after registering, some emails may go into the junk/spam mailbox.   

Should there be any changes to the courses, we will contact you directly.


Resilience and Wellbeing in Recovery - Virtual Classroom

To enable students to effectively apply concepts to improve their resilience and wellbeing.  These are two words used a lot these days; through various individual and group activities we will explore the difference and shine a light on ways of improving both for optimal health. 

Wednesday 21st April
17:30 - 20:30

Growing into Change

We all experience change; it is a natural part of life and yet we all have our individual responses to it.  On this course, we will explore why we struggle with change (resistance), how we can work with it (awareness) and move forward with our lives (adaptability).  We will do this though a range of individual and group activities and discussion.  

Wednesday 28th April
10:00 - 13:00

Journey into Journaling

This course is an opportunity to learn and explore a variety of journaling styles and their benefits to mental health and wellbeing. Regardless of where you are on your journaling journey, whether you have had experience of not, this course is suitable for everyone. Over the three sessions we will look at many different types of journals and techniques to help find the right style for you. 

This course will explore how to use The Feelings Wheel to develop emotional understanding as well as looking at fun, creative and impactful ways to develop your journaling skills. 

This course is once a week for three weeks. 

Monday 10th May - Monday 24th May
18:00 - 20:00

Introduction to Mindfulness

The course teaches students a range of mindfulness and compassion practices. Mindfulness can lead us to developing a greater tolerance and acceptance of unhelpful experiences which can then reduce our suffering and allows the development of more effective ways of coping. The course will benefit the student with reduction of stress and anxiety, improvement of mood and concentration, increase in self-compassion and therefore becoming less critical and kind to self. For some it can simply be one of the above of just the awareness of breath and stillness. 

This course is once a week for six weeks. 

Tuesday 11th May - Tuesday 15th June
18:00 - 20:00

Forming Healthy Habits - Virtual Classroom

Do you wonder why new year's resolutions don't normally stick? We all know about the benefits of activities such as exercise, eating well, meditating, practicing gratitude etc. But we also know these things are much easier said than done and we often blame ourselves for not practicing them due to a "lack of willpower". 

This course will show students how to use the science of behaviour to make it easier and more enjoyable to practice healthy habits and behaviours. 

Applying these principles will increase how often these behaviours are practiced and can lead to long term increases in wellbeing. We will look at myths behind willpower, the science of behaviour, clarifying our intentions behind habits and how to make habits easier to practice. 

This course is once a week for three weeks. 

Thursday 13th May - Thursday 27th May
18:30 - 20:30

Supporting Someone with a Mental Health Difficulty

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.

This course is once a week for four weeks. 

Saturday 29th May - Saturday 19th June
09:30 - 12:30

Understanding and Managing Anxiety

Students will develop an understanding of what anxiety is, how it impacts your life and what you can do about it.  We’ll be exploring this topic through group discussion, individual activities and applying practical techniques.

This course is once a week for three weeks.

Wednesday 9th June - Wednesday 23rd June
18:00 - 20:00

Understanding Sleep

This course will outline the basic need we have as humans to sleep and what natural sleep looks like.  We will cover the benefits of sleep and the detrimental impact of sleep deprivation on both our physical and mental health.  The course hopes to offer practical solutions to common sleep difficulties with an easy to follow plan, which students will be invited to evaluate in the second week.  We will look at sleep medications and the impact that these can have on our natural sleep cycle, alongside common sleep disorders and signposting students to where they can seek additional support should they suspect these. 

This course is over two sessions. 

Tuesday 22nd June - Tuesday 29th June
18:00 - 20:00

Introduction to Trauma

The introduction to trauma course will be looking at what trauma is and the potential impact of traumatic experiences on us, our lives and relationships based on the latest research which particularly focuses on the body's responses. We will discuss tools that can help us with regulation and also briefly describe potential therapeutic models that are sometimes uses. 

Thursday 24th June
17:30 - 20:30

Immunity for Wellbeing

On this course we would like to empower you with knowledge about how your immune system works and how it responds to seasonal change which can have an impact on your mental health and wellbeing. When our immune system is strong, we thrive. We will explore some holistic strategies to take care of yourself, support your immune system and maintain a sense of wellbeing. 


The information and statements made are intended for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for diagnosis and/or treatment of any health condition or disease. Nor is is intended to replace services of treatment of any physicians or healthcare professionals. 

Tuesday 6th July
10:00 - 13:00

Understanding Family Work for Mental Health

On this short introductory course, we will explain what Behavioural Family Therapy is and how it works. Mental health difficulties don't just affect the person who has them, they affect the whole family. Behavioural Family Therapy helps to bring the family together to address communication skills, problems and goal setting.  

Saturday 10th July
10:00 - 11:30