Focus on Mental Health: Nottingham’s Recovery College

Posted 15.08.2019

Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.

Building Better Opportunities Advisers Joanne Rice and Chris Evans attended another end of term event at Nottingham Recovery College to help students recognise and celebrate transformational achievement relating to their mental health.

Nottingham Recovery College was the second college of its type in existence, the first St. George’s London, opened in 2010.  Nottingham quickly took up this progressive model, opening its doors at Duncan MacMillan, NHS Trust Headquarters in 2011.

The college offers courses for people who are living with mental and physical health challenges, the recovery and the hope that taking control and self-management can bring. All courses are available to everyone with lived experience of mental health challenges, their family friends.  Courses provide strategies and techniques that students can take away and use in their daily lives to promote self-management.

The college aims to break down barriers between “us” and “them” with all courses being co-produced and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges (Peer Trainers) and people with experience by profession.


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