Courses to help
those on the road to recovery from mental health issues are being opened up to
a wider audience to give more people the chance to access them.
College, which is run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), has been
running successful webinars since the COVID-19 pandemic, but was keen to engage
service users and the wider community with a similar set-up to its class-based
Staff will be
using Zoom and adapt existing courses and launch new sessions online, which
will be for up to 12 participants.
have been really well received,” said Breanne Cook, recovery project manager.
“They have also given people the chance to get used to an online service where
they can be anonymous before we launch the more interactive Zoom sessions.”
participants would be able to join small discussion groups, share online
information and take part in tasks, just as if they were in a classroom.
Breanne added: “We
are keen to open these courses to other people in the community who may be
experiencing mental health challenges but do not meet the threshold to come
under NSFT care. We want to get the word out to anyone who might benefit from
Recovery College, through GPs and third sector organisations.”
She praised the
Recovery College team, which she said had turned the class-based sessions
around in a short time. “At the start of lockdown many of the team were
redeployed to help out on the wards and in the community and have only been
back together a short time. It’s great to have them back and we are excited
about expanding what we can offer.
have all been co-produced with peer tutors to help reduce the content to a
couple of hours as most courses were a full day.”
people, the online offer might encourage more people to take part. Breanne
said: “When we are in a classroom people can find it difficult to push that
door open and come in. These sessions will be a good way for people to
Courses on the
timetable will include How to Tell Your Story, Moving On, Wellness Planning and
Safety Planning. A full programme is on the NSFT website.
interested in joining one of the courses, can contact the Recovery College team
by clicking on this link. The timetable will be updated monthly. Find out more on
the NSFT website.
College also has a new social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and