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.

We also have an easy-read/ accessible prospectus with plain English and less images, here.



An Introduction to Somatic Movement for Wellbeing

Somatic Movements 'rewire the brain' to restore painless, efficient, functional movement to the body. They are a means to release chronic tension in muscles caused by habitual movement and compensatory patterns.

Somatic movements (SM) are simple and are therefore accessible to everyone and may help those who are experiencing chronic pain, impacting both mind and body.

Disclaimer: 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 it intended to replace services of treatment of any physicians or healthcare professionals.

Wednesday 17th April - Wednesday 8th May
18:30 - 20:00

Understanding and Managing Stress (Accessible course)

Stress affects most people at some point in their lives. This course covers the main reasons why we believe we are feeling stressed. It looks at the effects on our body and mind. The course also covers ways to manage and interrupt the stress response.

This course is suitable for adults with learning disabilities. Students are welcome to come with a friend, carer, or family member.  (Please both register so we can manage numbers.)  

This course has been developed with the support of MENCAP Jersey.

Tuesday 23rd April - Tuesday 30th April
14:00 - 16:00

Breath Works - Introductory session

Ever wanted to explore the Whim Hoff method? Effective and controlled breathing can have benefits for our body and mind. This session will look at the breathing techniques associated with this – no ice baths required!

Saturday 27th April
10:00 - 12:00

An Introduction to Coproduction

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

The course explores what co-production is, how it differs from other service user and stakeholder 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 understanding the co-production model and using or participating in co-production work.

Wednesday 1st May
09:30 - 12:30

Walking Meditation (4 weeks)

Walking meditation is the ancient practice of meditation in motion. Walking can still the mind and help practitioners to focus. This course will introduce the concepts and techniques to successfully meditate while moving, allowing students to develop a new tool for their own wellbeing that they can introduce into everyday life.

The walking will be gentle and indoors unless previously agreed by the group. This will be a supportive and accessible class, and no prior experience is necessary.

Tuesday 7th May - Tuesday 28th May
18:00 - 19:15

An Introduction to Trauma (two sessions)

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.

(Please note: this is a repeat of the same course as run previously, but split over two sessions.)

Tuesday 14th May - Tuesday 21st May
18:00 - 20:00

Understanding and Managing Anxiety (2.5hrs)

Everyone has feelings of anxiety at times, but when anxiety takes over it can be unhelpful, and even debilitating. This course will develop an understanding of what anxiety is, how it impacts your life, and what you can do about it. We will explore this topic through group discussion, individual activities, and by applying practical techniques.

Wednesday 29th May
17:30 - 20:00