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.


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. 

Tuesday 10th March
14:00 - 17:00

Living with Depression

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

Thursday 12th March
17:30 - 20:30

Introduction to Mindfulness

The course teaches students a range of mindfulness and compassion practices. Mindfulness can lead us to developing a greater tolerance and acceptance of unhelpful experiences which can then reduce our suffering and allows the development of more effective ways of coping. The course will benefit the student with reduction of stress and anxiety, improvement of mood and concentration, increase in self-compassion and therefore becoming less critical and kind to self. For some it can simply be one of the above of just the awareness of breath and stillness. 

This course is every Tuesday for four weeks. 

Tuesday 17th March - Tuesday 7th April
18:00 - 20:00

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.

Tuesday 24th March - Tuesday 7th April
14:30 - 16:30

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.

Thursday 2nd April
14:00 - 17:00

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.

Wednesday 8th April
13:30 - 16:30

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. 

Wednesday 15th April
17:30 - 20:30