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 Autumn 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.


What is Recovery?

Everyone’s Recovery journey is unique and deeply personal. This course has been designed to provide an introduction to the main principles of Mental Health Recovery and how to apply them in the context of your own life.

This course is part of our Recovery programme. Attending all sessions are recommended for a fuller picture of 'recovery' within Jersey Recovery College This is recovery module one.  

Wednesday 10th November
17:30 - 20:30

Supporting someone with no insight into their illness

On this short introductory course we will explain how LEAP (“Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner®”) shows individuals how to quickly gain the trust of someone and improve their relationships to better help people with mental illness.

Saturday 20th November
09:30 - 11:30

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. 

Tuesday 23rd November
17:30 - 20:30

Steps to Recovery

To equip students with the skills and knowledge to promote well-being and prepare for crisis.  We will be exploring this topic through different individual and group activities using elements of WRAP®.

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 24th November
17:30 - 20:30

Suicide Awareness

This course will show you how to listen to, talk with and support someone who is suicidal through group exercises and discussion.

Saturday 27th November
09:30 - 12:30