Recovery is about a personal journey towards a meaningful and satisfying life, towards living as well as possible, whatever symptoms or difficulties are present. At Mind we set up a Recovery College in June 2014 to empower people with mental health problems to become experts in their own recovery. The workshops and courses we run aim to provide the tools to make this happen and to help you become an expert in your own recovery or that of someone you care for. Our college offers a learning approach that complements the existing preventative services provided by Mind in Bexley.
The Recovery College provides a range of courses and workshops to service users, carers and members of staff to develop their skills, understand mental health, identify goals and support their access to opportunities.
Who can attend the college?
The college is open to:
• Individuals who are currently receiving mental health services from Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
• People referred by the Mind in Bexley Improving Access to Psychological (IAPT) Therapies programme
• Supporters of people using these services (family, friends and carers)
• Individuals referred by their GP
Most workshops and courses are free with some charging a small fee to cover costs.
Who are the courses run by?
We aim to run courses that are co-produced and co-delivered by those with lived experience of mental illness and mental health practitioners. Lived experience is highly valued and complements the clinical and professional expertise already offered by Mind in Bexley. The Recovery College provides a joint learning environment where people with lived experience, those who provide their support and Mind staff can learn together and from each other.
Where do the courses take place?
Courses take place at Mind in Bexley premises and a range of venues across Bexley. They vary in length from one-off workshops to courses that take place weekly for a number of weeks. Courses run throughout the day and there are also some evening courses available.
To access the Recovery College
To access the Recovery College a referral form is required from either a Bexley GP, a health practitioner from Oxleas Foundation Trust or IAPT or a social worker at the London Borough of Bexley.
Bexley Recovery Service Referral Form