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NSFT unveils empowering initiative for young people

This autumn marks the beginning of an exciting journey as Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust introduces a new offering, the Discovery College.

Designed to meet the unique needs of young people aged 16-25 in Norfolk and Suffolk, the Discovery College promises to create a safe, nurturing, and empowering environment for young people seeking mental health and recovery support.

The Discovery College draws on a decade of learnings from NSFT’s Recovery College, while acknowledging the distinctive needs of young people. This initiative aims to foster hope for young individuals navigating the complexities of mental health.

Courses and webinars are open to anyone aged 16-25 across Norfolk and Suffolk, not just those receiving services from NSFT. The courses are being delivered by Peer tutors and Learning support advisors of an age closer to the target audience as a way of role modelling hope and recovery. Young people can attend as many courses - as many times - as they wish with no professional referral. Upcoming webinars include:

  • Understanding and Managing Anxiety: Gain insights into anxiety and self-management strategies to take control of your mental health, and
  • Understanding and Exploring Identity: Explore the connection between mental health and identity while sharing your thoughts and experiences in a supportive group setting.

To sign up for the courses and webinars visit nsft.uk/discoverysignup.

The Discovery College isn't just about providing support; it's about co-creating the support on offer with those it aims to support in the future. To achieve this NSFT is inviting young people to actively participate in focus groups.

The focus groups will explore course content, topics, language choices, and effective communication methods and channels. This work with young people will enable the Discovery College to refine the support on offer, as well as devising innovative ways to attract young individuals to join Discovery College — be it as attendees or as Peer Tutors and Learning Support Advisors.

Hope Gunn, Recovery College Practitioner Tutor, shared her enthusiasm, stating, "This initiative marks the beginning of a transformative journey. We are committed to creating a nurturing environment where young people can not only seek help but actively shape the future of mental health support."

To join the Discovery College's journey and help us shape the future of youth mental health support, click here.

There’s more information and a welcome video at Discovery College | Norfolk and Suffolk NHS (nsft.nhs.uk).

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