People in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire have the opportunity to learn new skills that will help provide hope, opportunity and control over their mental health recovery when Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s Recovery College launches its packed new prospectus.
The Recovery College offers educational courses about mental health and recovery which are designed to help people to become experts in their own healthcare. The new prospectus will be launched at an event being held at the University of Hull’s Middleton Hall on Monday 8 May – the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week. The event, which will feature a range of fascinating speakers with both lived and learned experience, is free to attend and will provide attendees with an overview of the Recovery College philosophy and information about how this is being implemented in this area.
The Recovery College builds on people’s strengths and helps them to develop skills and confidence to manage their own recovery journey and is based on an educational model, rather than a medical model. In practice, this means that students pick the courses they think will be beneficial to them and don’t need to be referred by a medical professional; they simply book a place and turn up.
The courses teach a huge range of subjects, from sessions on Mindfulness, Developing Self-esteem and Self-compassion and Coping with Emotions to Wellbeing Through Creativity, Wildlife and Wellbeing and even T’ai Chi. The courses give the students the opportunity to become an expert in their own wellbeing and recovery.
Camille Edmonds, Recovery College Lead at the Trust, said: “As the Recovery College moves into its second year, we’re excited to be offering a wider range of courses and working with partners to deliver even more interesting sessions and activities. The feedback we have had from our past students has been incredibly positive and we are looking forward to launching our new prospectus at what is shaping up to be a fantastic event on 8 May.
“I’d encourage anyone to come along to find out more, whether you see yourself as a potential student, a clinician with a professional interest, or both.”
Chief Executive Michele Moran said “The Recovery College plays an important part in empowering people with mental health problems to take control of their own lives. By giving people the opportunity to learn new skills we hope to keep people well and reduce the risk of going into crisis.”