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The courses have been categorised to help guide students.

Webinars are brief introductions. Zoom courses are more in depth. 

Course feedback and evaluation: if you have attended a course, please complete our online evaluation form .  This helps us to recognise what we are doing well and what we can do to improve.  All feedback is valued and appreciated.

Each time I do the course it reboots my motivation and I feel I move a bit further forward

Beginning courses

You are ready to begin your Recovery College journey. 

These introductory courses support your introduction to Recovery and form a good foundation for the other courses.

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Welcome to Recovery College

This is an introductory webinar about the Recovery College. 

It provides all the information you need to know to get started on your Recovery College journey. 

There are opportunities to ask questions in an anonymous way.

Webinar duration: 60 minutes


This webinar introduces the key drivers of recovery known as CHIME.

They are Connection, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment.

The course covers:

  • What CHIME is and the research evidence supporting this.
  • How you can use CHIME in your everyday life to support recovery.

Webinar duration: 60 minutes

What is recovery?

This Zoom course is a great place to start exploring new ideas about recovery and what drives it along.

The course covers:

  • What recovery means to you
  • Consider what helps on a recovery journey
  • What’s next for you and recovery

Webinar duration: two hours

Building courses

You are now ready to build on your learning. 

These courses introduce new ideas, techniques and a toolkit of self-help skills that you can use in your Recovery.

it was really nice to talk with others and just to remember some of the good choices I have previoulsy made and to think about how to encorporate them again 

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Creativity for wellbeing

This two-week Zoom course was co-produced in partnership with InsideOut Community and explores how creativity can be beneficial for recovery.

The course covers:

  • Recognition and ownership of personal creativity
  • How participation in the arts can contribute to personal recovery and sustained wellbeing
  • An awareness of opportunities for engagement in therapeutic art

No previous experience will be necessary. Materials required: Blank paper, coloured pens/pencils.

Course duration: two 90 minute sessions

Exploring emotions (previously Everyone has emotions)

This Zoom course is a gentle introduction to what we mean by emotions, naming them and identifying how they relate to our behaviours.

It was previously titled "Everyone has emotions" and ran as a webinar.

It is now a Zoom course and covers:

  • What emotions are and how they relate to our behaviours.
  • How to recognise emotions in ourselves and others, and different ways to deal with them in our daily lives.

Course duration: 2 hours

Five ways to wellbeing

5 ways to wellbeing are a list of actions which can be done to support a person’s wellbeing.

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Give

This webinar considers how to use them in everyday life to support your general personal wellbeing and recovery.

Webinar duration: 90 minutes

Goal setting for recovery

This Zoom course focuses on how to set achievable goals to improve motivation and make positive change.

The course covers:

  • How to set recovery-focused goals
  • Using and setting targets
  • How to make contingency plans for when ‘life happens’

Course duration: two hours

Understanding physical health

This Zoom course focuses on physical health.

The course covers:

  • The importance of looking after your physical health
  • Monitoring your physical health
  • The importance of being active
  • Practical guidance around making small changes

Course duration: 90 minutes

Wellness planning

This Zoom course will enable you to complete a Wellness Plan to support your general wellbeing and recovery.

The course covers:

  • Looking at everyday behaviours and activities that help to keep you well
  • How you can make the most of your strengths and resources
  • Thinking about your personal triggers and warning signs and making plans to help yourself.
  • Understanding when you might need outside support

Course duration: five individual sessions at 2 hours each

Please note that the course duration increased to two hours per session from June 2021.

Spirituality and recovery

This webinar explores what is understood by spirituality and helping students create their own definition of what it means to them. It was previously titled Spirituality: A Beginner’s Guide

The course covers:

  • Introducing spirituality and how it relates to recovery in mental health
  • Exploring and understanding a personal definition of spirituality.

Webinar duration: 90 minutes

Understanding courses

These courses offer more detailed understanding on specific areas of interest.

They can also help you understand aspects of the challenges you may be facing

You can complete these alongside our ‘Building’ courses.

I liked being able to share my own personal experiences in a non-judgmental group

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ACT on life

ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training.

The webinar course aims to introduce the ideas behind this approach.  Attending this can be the first step before attending the Zoom course of the same name.

Webinar duration: 90 minutes


The four week Zoom course is a more in-depth exploration of the ACT approach. It aims to explore the ideas behind this approach in a teaching, not therapy, format.

It covers:

  • Gives a toolkit for dealing with painful thoughts and feelings
  • Explores your personal values and how to live in line with them
  • The course invites you to practice some techniques on your own thoughts and feelings, but everything is voluntary and there is no pressure to do anything you don’t want to

Course duration: four sessions at two hours each

Carers and the recovery journey

This four-week Zoom course could be useful to informal carers/supporters, service users and professionals/employed carers.

The course covers:

  • The Triangle of Care
  • Confidentiality in recovery
  • Support of carers.

Course duration: four sessions at two hours each

Eating for wellness

This Zoom course explores how what we eat can affect our mood, mental health and overall wellbeing.

The course covers:

  • Understanding what a healthy diet is by discussing the nutritional content found in food
  • Creating a food plan
  • Understanding how diet affects our mood and mental health

Course duration: two hours

Emotional Health for Men

Using evidence and research this two week Zoom course explores why men are less likely to seek advice and support.

It examines different emotional states that men may experience, and covers practical strategies that men may use to improve their own emotional health and wellbeing.

The course covers:

  • Rvidence and research into how men manage emotions
  • How men’s emotional health can be different to women’s
  • Different emotional states
  • Practical strategies to help manage men’s emotional health

Course duration: two sessions of two hours each

How to tell your story

This four week Zoom course aims to help and guide people who have experienced mental health challenges to understand their story.

The course covers:

  • How your story can be told
  • How to develop your story
  • How to tell your story in a safe way and maintain your privacy

Course duration: four sessions at two hours each

Living well with hearing voices

This webinar explores the term "hearing voices" means, and introduces ways to cope.

The course covers:

  • The facts and myths about voice-hearing
  • Sharing experiences about how it feels and how different people manage
  • Living the life you want to live with voice-hearing.

Webinar duration: 90 minutes


Living well with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

This Zoom course introduces the signs, symptoms and experiences of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and considers different coping and support mechanisms.

The course covers:

  • What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
  • Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Managing symptoms and self-care.
  • Support resources.

Course duration: two hours 30 minutes

Loss and bereavement

This two-week Zoom course helps students to gain an understanding of bereavement, loss, and grief.

The course covers:

  • There are many different types of loss and that every loss is unique.
  • The 5 stages of grief, with the understanding that grief is a normal process.
  • How losing someone or something can impact peoples’ day-to-day lives.
  • The opportunity to share experiences.
  • How to move forward from loss.

Course duration: Two sessions at two hours each

Sleep and recovery

This two week Zoom course looks at ideas for getting more and better sleep. Most of us recognise the importance of sleeping, but it can be frustratingly hard to sleep well.

The course covers:

  • Looking at why sleep matters
  • Understanding some causes of sleeplessness and what can prevent us from getting good sleep
  • Different approaches to improving sleep

Course duration: two sessions at two hours each

Understanding and managing anxiety

The is offered as a webinar and a Zoom course. It covers:

  • What is anxiety
  • Causes and triggers
  • How anxiety affects us
  • What other people can do (family, friends or carers)
  • Looking at ways to manage anxiety

The webinar introduces causes of anxiety and considers different coping and support mechanisms.

Webinar duration: 90 minutes


The Zoom course looks more in-depth the causes of anxiety than the webinar of the same name and different management and support mechanisms.

Course duration: two sessions at two hours each

Understanding paranoia

This webinar helps students to understand paranoia by looking at different people’s experiences. It was previously titled What is Paranoia?

The course covers:

  • Different views about the causes and experiences of paranoia
  • Sharing Recovery stories that inspire and empower
  • Helping other people (including family or carers) understand paranoia so they can be part of your journey

Webinar duration: 90 minutes.



Understanding psychosis

This webinar looks at different people’s periences of psychosis and at how they can be inspired to live fulfilled lives. It was previously titled What is Psychosis?

The course covers:

  • Different views about the causes and experiences of psychosis
  • Sharing Recovery stories that inspire and empower
  • Helping other people (including family or carers) understand psychosis so they can be part of your journey

Course duration: 90 minutes.

Growing courses

These courses are designed to help you grow and prepare for the future.

I enjoyed learning about many different tools and techniques to use, but mostly enjoyed being able to write my own safety plan to discuss with my care co-ordinator and implement into my care plan

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Moving on

This webinar is for service users, carers and staff. It reinforces and builds on the ideas from other Recovery college courses to help students think about change and how to move on to a meaningful life beyond services.

The course covers:

  • Revisiting what recovery means.
  • Exploring feelings around change and moving beyond mental health services
  • Looking at our values
  • Understanding the process of being discharged from services
  • Community resources and how to access them
  • Acknowledging the recovery journey and how far each student has come

Webinar duration: two hours

Safety planning

This four week Zoom course focusses on staying safe and covers:

  • Revisiting recovery and its drivers
  • Understanding thechallenges of changing our behaviours
  • How we can get ‘stuck’ in traps that keep us in harmful patterns and how to break free from these
  • Sharing responsibility for our safety
  • Developing skills for independence

Course duration: four sessions at two hours each

Living Well with Autism

This five-week course helps students explore ways that people who have autism can live well and have a meaningful and purposeful life. Like all our courses at the Recovery College, this course has been co-produced by people with lived experience of autism and people with learned experience of autism.

  • The course acknowledges that there are challenges that go alongside a diagnosis of autism, but the course will also explore positive ways to enable people to live well with autism.
  • This course is suitable for people who have a diagnosis of autism, people who suspect they may have autism, supporters and professionals looking to enhance their knowledge further around autism.
  • The course aims to help students gain an understanding into some of the features of autism and how it affects individuals.

Students will be given an opportunity to develop if they wish, their own personalised coping strategy toolkit.

Course duration: Five sessions of two hours 30 minutes

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