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.



Resilience and Wellbeing - Lite

This course is designed to enable students to effectively apply strategies to improve their resilience and wellbeing. Through individual and group activities we will explore the two terms, and shine a light on ways of improving both. This is a 'lite' version of our usual three-hour course.

Wednesday 6th March
17:30 - 19:30

Steps to Recovery (3hr)

To equip learners with the skills & knowledge to promote wellbeing & prepare for crisis.  We will be exploring this topic through different individual & group activities using elements of WRAP®. 

Monday 11th March
17:30 - 20:30

Living Well with Hearing Loss

Have you developed hearing loss, or do you know someone who has? Experiencing hearing loss, at any stage in our life, can have a significant impact on our lives. In addition to communication challenges, we can experience social difficulties, stigma, and question around our sense of identity.

This course will explore the wider issues hearing loss can generate, relating to our personal wellbeing and sense of self. We will consider a toolkit and share learning in a safe space.

NB: We would like this session to be as inclusive as possible. Please notify us of any barriers to participation and we will endeavor to address them.

Tuesday 12th March - Tuesday 19th March
18:00 - 20:00

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.

Wednesday 20th March
17:30 - 20:30

Wood whittling for wellbeing - elder wood whistles

The process of wood whittling can help us to relax and clear the mind. Trying something new can give a sense of achievement. In this session we will create whistles from elder wood – join us, and make yourself a little gift to take home with you!

Saturday 23rd March
10:00 - 12:00