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

Click here for the Spring Semester 2021 Prospectus or see what courses we have coming up below. 

To register for a course, click on 'register interest' and follow the steps until registration is completed. 

 

Understanding and Managing Anxiety - Virtual Classroom

Students will develop an understanding of what anxiety is, how it impacts your life and what you can do about it.  We’ll be exploring this topic through group discussion, individual activities and applying practical techniques.

This course is twice a week for two weeks.

Schedule
Monday 18th January - Wednesday 27th January
18:30 - 20:00

Understanding Sleep - Virtual Classroom

This course will outline the basic need we have as humans to sleep and what natural sleep looks like.  We will cover the benefits of sleep and the detrimental impact of sleep deprivation on both our physical and mental health.  The course hopes to offer practical solutions to common sleep difficulties with an easy to follow plan, which students will be invited to evaluate in the second week.  We will look at sleep medications and the impact that these can have on our natural sleep cycle, alongside common sleep disorders and signposting students to where they can seek additional support should they suspect these. 

This course is over two sessions. 

Schedule
Tuesday 26th January - Tuesday 9th February
17:30 - 19:30

Balanced Living for Beginners

This six-week course is for anyone who wants to learn techniques to help restore balance to their life. It teaches  a number of key skills that would be useful for anyone that  regularly experiences difficult and stressful situations.  With practice these skills can help you respond more flexibly and more effectively to all kinds of problems.

This course is once a week for six weeks.

Schedule
Thursday 28th January - Thursday 11th March
18:30 - 20:00

Introduction to Gentle Yoga

This will be a gentle introduction to the practice of yoga. The course will include some breathing practices, yoga poses and relaxation.  This will involve gentle movement based on stretch and developing flexibility and does not require any previous experience. The aim of the course is to provide a space where students can focus on their own needs, relax and develop greater mindfulness of body and breath. 

This course is once a week for six weeks.

     

Schedule
Thursday 28th January - Thursday 4th March
19:00 - 20:00

What is Recovery?

This course has been designed to provide an introduction to the main principles of Recovery and how to apply them in the context of your own life.  

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. 


Schedule
Wednesday 3rd February
17:30 - 20:30

Goal Setting in Recovery

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. 


Schedule
Wednesday 10th February
17:30 - 20:30

Essential Oils for Wellbeing

There is research demonstrating the use of essential oils to improve and maintain mental health. The sense of smell is closely linked to emotions and memory and the sensory experience itself can have an uplifting effect. The course will introduce what essential oils are, how they can support mental wellbeing (including reducing stress, improving sleep, enhance present moment awareness) in a safe and effective way. The course will provide information on how the oils work, what their uses are and how to use them. We will look at a few oils in more detail and invite you to explore a couple of selected oils. 

This course is once a week for 2 weeks. 


     


Schedule
Monday 15th February - Monday 22nd February
18:00 - 20:00

Resilience and Wellbeing

To enable students to effectively apply concepts to improve their resilience and well-being.  These are two words used a lot these days; through various individual and group activities we will explore the difference and shine a light on ways of improving both for optimal health.

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. 


Schedule
Wednesday 24th February
17:30 - 20:30

Understanding and Managing Anxiety

Students will develop an understanding of what anxiety is, how it impacts your life and what you can do about it.  We’ll be exploring this topic through group discussion, individual activities and applying practical techniques.

This course is once a week for three weeks.



Schedule
Monday 1st March - Monday 15th March
18:00 - 20:00

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. 

Schedule
Tuesday 2nd March
17:30 - 20:30

Introduction to Co-Production

Co-production is a word often used in and around health services but what does it really mean?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in using their lived experience to work within a co-produced model in order to contribute to services. It is also for health professionals or third sector organisations interested in exploring co-production within their own field.

Schedule
Wednesday 3rd March
13:00 - 16:00

Living with Depression - Virtual Classroom

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. 

This course is over two sessions. 

Schedule
Wednesday 3rd March - Thursday 4th March
18:30 - 20:00

Living with Depression

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
Tuesday 9th March
17:30 - 20:30

Understanding and Managing Fear and Stress

Stress affects most people at some point in their lives.  This course covers the major factors why we believe we are undergoing stress, the effects on our body,mind and daily lives and ways to manage and interrupt the stress response.

Schedule
Tuesday 16th March
17:30 - 20:30

Understanding Sleep

This course will outline the basic need we have as humans to sleep and what natural sleep looks like.  We will cover the benefits of sleep and the detrimental impact of sleep deprivation on both our physical and mental health.  The course hopes to offer practical solutions to common sleep difficulties with an easy to follow plan, which students will be invited to evaluate in the second week.  We will look at sleep medications and the impact that these can have on our natural sleep cycle, alongside common sleep disorders and signposting students to where they can seek additional support should they suspect these. 

This course is over two sessions. 

Schedule
Thursday 18th March - Thursday 25th March
17:30 - 19:30

Immunity for Wellbeing

We want to empower you with knowledge about how your immune system works and how it responds to seasonal change. We will provide some holistic strategies to taking care of your wellbeing and supporting your immune system. 

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 is intended to replace services of treatment of any physicians or healthcare professionals. 

Schedule
Wednesday 31st March
17:30 - 20:30