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 2022 Prospectus or see what courses we have coming up below.  We also have an easy-read prospectus here: accessible prospectus.

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.


Drawing and Painting for Wellbeing (Visual Journaling)

Taking part in creative activities is proven to have several emotional and mental health benefits. These include personal expression, confidence building, and reducing stress, by allowing your mind to rest from intrusive or unhelpful thoughts.

In this course, we will explore Art in the forms of drawing and painting by using visual journaling. This is a practical course, where participants will take part in producing their own artwork, and reflect how and why it might benefit their wellbeing, within a safe space. No prior experience is necessary, and materials are provided.

This course is a repeat of the same offer from last semester, which was oversubscribed. 

Once a week for three weeks.

Monday 6th June - Monday 20th June
18:00 - 20:00

Chair Yoga for Older Adults

We are pleased to share that our popular Yoga and Mindfulness offer has been adapted this semester, to be even more accessible for older adults. This course will introduce a variety of yoga and mindfulness practices that can be incorporated into daily life. These practices can help us to reduce physical and mental stress, stay more present and be compassionate to yourself and others.

The yoga will be gentle and relaxing and include chair sequences; adaptations will be offered to make the practices accessible to all.

This course is delivered in conjunction with MYA Jersey (Yoga and Mindfulness for All) and with the additional support of Age Concern, Jersey. 

Tuesday 7th June - Tuesday 12th July
14:00 - 15:30

Running For Recovery (8 weeks)

Being outdoors and taking part in physical activities are both known to benefit your mental health.

This course is made up of group running sessions, suitable for all levels - whether new to running or you simply want to get more active. You will need to train between each session and the aim is to complete a 5k run as a group, by the end of the eight weeks.

You will meet at People's Park. 

Tuesday 7th June - Tuesday 26th July
18:00 - 18:00

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 through a range of individual and group activities and discussion.

Monday 13th June
18:00 - 21:00

Introduction to Co-Production

Co-production is a term used often, in and around social services - but what does it really mean?

The course explores what co-production is, how it differs from other engagement models and how it works best, why it is an important and powerful approach to designing and delivering services. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of co-production and how to apply the co-production model to local projects.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in using the co-production model or participating in co-production work.

Thursday 23rd June
09:30 - 12:30

Goal Setting in Recovery - Virtual Classroom

To enable students to apply goal setting to everyday life based on needs.  We will be exploring this topic in relation to Recovery. 

There are four modules that create our Recovery Programme. You can attend one of these courses or all four. Our recovery modules as a programme are recommended for a fuller picture of ‘recovery’ within Jersey Recovery College. 

Wednesday 6th July
18:00 - 21:00

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 used.

Wednesday 13th July
18:00 - 21:00