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. The Autumn 2022 prospectus is available here. 

We also have a large print/ easy read prospectus 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.

 

Express Yourself - Creativity with Monoprinting

Mono-printing is a great introduction   to printmaking that is quick and easy to learn. It allows the artist to express themselves by using a tactile process, and each print produced is unique.

This is a practical course, where participants will take part in producing their own artwork, and reflect how and why it might benefit their wellbeing, within a safe space. No prior experience is necessary, and materials are provided.

Schedule
Thursday 6th October - Thursday 20th October
18:00 - 20:00

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. 

Schedule
Saturday 8th October
10:00 - 13:00

Introduction to Co-Production

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

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

Schedule
Thursday 13th October
09:30 - 12:30

Crisis Talk - Suicide Prevention

How to Have Supportive Conversations in Times of Crisis. In the UK, 1 in 5 people will consider suicide at some point in their lifetime. This means that we all have a part to play in ensuring we understand suicide and are equipped to support others. Evidence shows that talking about suicide openly - and offering support to those who may be considering taking their life - can make a significant difference to their outcomes.

This introductory session covers some of the skills needed to support those who may be considering suicide. It will show you how to listen to, talk with and support them, via group exercises and discussion, within a safe space.

Schedule
Tuesday 18th October
18:00 - 21:00

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 1st November
18:00 - 21:00

Essential Oils for Wellbeing - for those with Sight Loss

Our sense of smell is powerful. There is research that proves the use of essential oils can improve mental health. In this accessible course we will cover the same content as our usual Essential Oils course but with some modifications to delivery for those with Visual Impairments.

This course will:

  • Introduce what essential oils are and how they can support wellbeing in a safe and effective way. This includes reducing stress and improving sleep.
  • Provide information on how the oils work, and how to use them.
  • Invite you to try a couple of oils. 

Schedule
Tuesday 8th November - Tuesday 15th November
14:15 - 16:15

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
Wednesday 9th November
18:00 - 21:00

Express Yourself: Card Design for the Festive Season

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!

Schedule
Saturday 26th November
12:30 - 15:30

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.

Schedule
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. 

Schedule
Thursday 1st December
18:00 - 21:00

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!

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