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.
We follow the four phases of learning in our curriculum. That means our products follow these concepts as a roadmap to learning:
- Explore: Students discover a concept
- Learn & Practice: Students apply their discoveries
- Reflect: Students review what they’ve learned
- Reinforce: Students apply theory, concepts, and materials to scenarios and problem-solving
The Recovery College is open to anyone over the age of 18 resides in the Bexley Borough with lived experience of mental health challenges and their loved ones. The Recovery College is also open to people who work or volunteer within Bexley borough.
The Recovery College provides:
- Courses and workshops to service users, cares and members of staff to develop their skills, understand mental health, identify goals and support their access to opportunities
- Physical health checks alongside mental health support to stay well
- Benefit support and debt advice within the Welfare Rights department (if individuals require welfare rights support they must have a mental health diagnosis)
- A peer mentoring service for individuals who need support with future goals
- Support for individuals caring for someone who is suffering with their mental health-ill, drugs or alcohol. Please click here for further information on our Carers Service
- Art Psychotherapy for clients as an alternative for talking therapy. Individuals can express themselves through materials such as paints, pens and pencils.
- A walk-in mental health surgery at Lakeside surgery on Tuesday mornings 10am-12pm. This is an opportunity to come along and have a 1:1 with staff to discuss the Recovery college and fill in forms.
- A young persons drop-in social and support group for 18-28year olds
- A Pride not Prejudice group for LGBTQ+ young people (18-28years old)
Who can attend the college?
The college is open to:
- Individuals who are registered with a Bexley GP/who live in Bexley
- 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.
To access the Recovery College:
If you are a Bexley GP, A health practitioner from Oxleas Foundation Trust or IAPT, or a social worker at the London Borough of Bexley please complete the Recovery College Referral Form
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.