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

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.

What Makes a Good Life?

Positive psychology is the science of what makes life worth living. It focuses on how to increase positivity, rather than just decreasing negativity, as well as focusing on what’s strong, rather than what’s wrong.

In this course, students will have opportunities to develop their knowledge of positive psychology and how to apply concepts to building a good life. We will develop our understanding of our personal strengths, the benefits of gratitude, the key features of a good life, helping others and more. We will explore these topics together through a variety of activities and discussions over two sessions.

Some of the benefits of practicing positive psychology are experiencing more positive emotion, better relationships, more empathy, better sleep and greater self-esteem. Practicing positive psychology also makes you less likely to suffer from depression, addiction and burnout, and be better at dealing with difficult situations.

This course is once a week for two weeks.

Thursday 9th February - Thursday 16th February
10:00 - 12:00

Resilience and Wellbeing - Lite

This March 4th, we are offering a full day of activities as a mini-retreat at Philip Mourant Centre, Trinity. Students may sign up to as much or little as they wish. 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.

You are welcome to stay for a free lunch after the course and use the gardens of the centre. 

Members of Jersey Action Against Rape will also be present  to chat to the  public from 9.30, if you wish to come early and find out more about what they do.

Saturday 4th March
10:00 - 12:00