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.

Courses

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.

 

 

Living with Depression (3 hours)

Depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental health problem. We will explore this topic and how it effects our lives. Through individual and small group work we will cover what depression is, what causes it and strategies to overcome it. 

Schedule
Monday 17th June
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 through a range of individual and group activities and discussion.

Schedule
Monday 8th July
10:00 - 13:00

Creativity for Wellbeing

Being creative is proven to have beneficial effects on your wellbeing but many people feel inhibited by their own drawing abilities and are reluctant to explore something that they think they won’t be good at.

This course aims to break down those barriers by teaching you fun and easy techniques that use colour, shape and texture to create artwork that enables you to express yourself, learn how to turn creative disasters into triumphs and above all, to enjoy the process without self-judgement or the need for a particular outcome. Absolutely no drawing skills are necessary for this course.

Schedule
Thursday 18th July - Thursday 1st August
18:00 - 20:00

Mindfulness: an introductory session (for carers)

Mindfulness has been shown to have a significant impact on wellbeing, providing individuals with tools to manage during times of duress. This short introductory course is designed to encourage those who care for others to consider the impact on their own mental health, to take some time to prioritise their own wellbeing, and to learn techniques to enable them to build mindfulness into their daily life. 

This session is one of four being run for carers. Individuals are encouraged to attend as many or few as they wish ideally building these around attendance to the mindfulness session which is the bedrock for other classes.

Schedule
Tuesday 23rd July
18:00 - 20:00

Self-compassion: an introductory session (for carers)

We often show compassion for others - but what about ourselves? Self-compassion can be challenging when placed in a role of responsibility or caring for others. This short introductory course is designed to encourage those who care for others to consider the impact on their own mental health, to take some time to prioritise their own wellbeing, and to learn techniques to enable them to build self-compassion into their daily life. 

This session is one of four being run for carers. Individuals are encouraged to attend as many or few as they wish ideally building these around attendance to the mindfulness session which is the bedrock for other classes.

Schedule
Tuesday 30th July
18:00 - 20:00

Yoga: an introductory session (for carers)

Practicing yoga has been shown to be beneficial to both mind and body. This short introductory course is designed to encourage those who care for others to consider the impact on their own mental health, to take some time to prioritise their own wellbeing, and to learn techniques to enable them to build yoga into their daily life. 

This session is one of four being run for carers. Individuals are encouraged to attend as many or few as they wish ideally building these around attendance to the mindfulness session which is the bedrock for other classes.

Schedule
Tuesday 6th August
18:00 - 20:00

Self-care: an introductory session (for carers)

Self-care can feel low priority when caring for others but 'you can't pour from an empty cup.' This short introductory course is designed to encourage those who care for others to consider the impact on their own mental health, to take some time to prioritise their own wellbeing, and to learn techniques to enable them to develop a self-care routine. 

This session is one of four being run for carers. Individuals are encouraged to attend as many or few as they wish ideally building these around attendance to the mindfulness session which is the bedrock for other classes.

Schedule
Tuesday 13th August
18:00 - 20:00