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.


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

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.

The Kids Are Alright - But What About You? (Parental Self-Care)

An Introduction to Self-Care for Parents and Guardians. Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s essential.

Whether you have one child or five, a baby or teenager, being a parent can present a unique set of challenges for your own wellbeing. Issues such as guilt, sleep deprivation, societal pressure, family interaction, or finances can impact your mental health.

This course explores some of the specific mental health issues that we may experience as a parent, why we may react in the way that we do – and will help you to devise your own toolkit to support your wellbeing.

This course is once a week for two weeks.

Wednesday 30th November - Wednesday 7th December
18:00 - 21:00

A Further Exploration of Trauma

This new course is suitable for those who have attended our Introduction to Trauma course and are seeking further information.

We will recap part one, and then provide a deeper exploration of the models used, via fictional scenarios. 

Thursday 1st December
18:00 - 21:00

Expressing Creativity with Jewellery

Jewellery making is a great hobby and offers health benefits as well. Making your own jewellery allows you to unleash your creativity and feel the sense of accomplishment. On this course we will provide you with the basic knowledge of jewellery making which helps relieve stress and improves self-confidence.  

This course is suitable for people who have little or no jewellery making experience. 

Saturday 3rd December
13:00 - 16:00

Exploring the impact of death and grief through the Covid 19 pandemic

Why talk about the pandemic? Have you been affected directly by grief and loss during the Pandemic, either yourself or through the emotional fallout of your job? This course is an exploration of the impact of grief and loss during the pandemic. Over 4 modules and a range of activities and discussions we aim to help people recognise and manage their own grief and loss.

Module 1: Why talk about grief?                      Wednesday 7th Dec 6-8pm                      Age Concern

Summary: Learners will have an opportunity to talk about this taboo subject in an open and safe environment. We will explore the impact of grief and loss (physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual) through the dual process model and in the context of a prolonged pandemic. The hope is that by sharing our experiences you learn how to manage your own grief.  

Module 2: Why Rituals?                                  Wednesday 14th Dec 6-8pm                     Age Concern

Course Summary: Learners will explore the importance of end-of-life rituals and the changes brought to them by the pandemic. We will do this through a variety of individual, small group and large group activities. We will also introduce the “Death Café” concept and test its usefulness for ourselves.

Module 3: Why Resilience?                             Wednesday 11th Jan 6-8pm                     TBC

Course Summary: TBC

Module 4: What's Next?                                   Wednesday 18th Jan 6-8pm                      TBC

Wednesday 7th December - Wednesday 18th January
18:00 - 20:00

Express Yourself: Card Design for the Festive Season (Accessible Course)

If you enjoy art and crafts but have coordination difficulties or any other physical challenges, this could be the course for you! This second offer of our card design course is offered in two shorter sessions, with a spacious setting, and a supportive environment. All welcome.

The festive season is a complicated and sometimes stressful period for our mental health, in part due to the additional expenses we incur.

This course will allow you to make some unique Christmas cards and explore some creative techniques that you can use and apply at home. It will enable you to take part in focused creative activities that will help to reduce stress and anxiety, while generating some cost-free, personalised cards for your loved ones!

Thursday 8th December - Friday 9th December
14:00 - 15:30