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.


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

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

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.


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. 

Tuesday 22nd June - Tuesday 29th June
18:00 - 20:00

Introduction to Trauma

The introduction to trauma course will be looking at what trauma is and the potential impact of traumatic experiences on us, our lives and relationships based on the latest research which particularly focuses on the body's responses. We will discuss tools that can help us with regulation and also briefly describe potential therapeutic models that are sometimes uses. 

Thursday 24th June
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.

Monday 5th July
09:30 - 12:30

Immunity for Wellbeing

On this course we would like to empower you with knowledge about how your immune system works and how it responds to seasonal change which can have an impact on your mental health and wellbeing. When our immune system is strong, we thrive. We will explore some holistic strategies to take care of yourself, support your immune system and maintain a sense of wellbeing. 


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. 

Tuesday 6th July
10:00 - 13:00

Understanding Family Work for Mental Health

On this short introductory course, we will explain what Behavioural Family Therapy is and how it works. Mental health difficulties don't just affect the person who has them, they affect the whole family. Behavioural Family Therapy helps to bring the family together to address communication skills, problems and goal setting.  

Saturday 10th July
10:00 - 11:30