Bexley Recovery College

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.

COVID-19 UPDATE:

We are offering increased telephone or video support to all of our clients so please contact us if you require support on 0208 303 8932 option 5, leave a message and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Digital Timetable Registration Form – September 2021

Weekly Timetable  – September 2021

Monday

  • 9:00 – 10:00 Yoga for Mental Health
  • 10:00 – 12:00  Women’s Group
  • 10:00 – 12:00  Open Spaces Allotment  (Face-to-face)
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Goal Setting for the week
  • 14:00 – 15:15 Young Adults Project Group (Face-to-face)
  • 16:00 – 16:30  Guided Mindfulness

Tuesday

  • 9:30 – 10:30 Tai Chi
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Men’s Group
  • 12:00 – 12:45  Pilates
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Job Club
  • 12:00 – 14:00  Creative Writing
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Preparing to return to work
  • 14:00 – 16:00  Positivity (Course)
  • 16:00 – 17:30  Music for Therapy
  • 18:00 – 18:45 Yoga
  • 18:00 – 20:00  Stress and Anxiety (Course)

Wednesday

  • 9:30 – 10:30 Photography For Fun
  • 11:00 – 13:00 Mend, Make and Motivate
  • 11:30 – 13:00 Monthly peer-led forum for clients with severe mental illness (SMI) and their carers. Second Wednesday of the month (Face-to-face)
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Maintaining Wellness at Home (Course)
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Hearing Voices Group (Face-to-face)

Thursday

  • 9:00 – 9:45 Guided Mindfulness
  • 10:00 – 11:00 QI GONG/TAI CHI CLASSES
  • 10:00 – 12:00  Open Spaces Allotment  (Face-to-face)
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Positivity (Course)
  • 11:00 – 1:00 Art Club (Face-to-face)
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Pilates
  • 13:45 – 15:45 Picnic in the Park (Face-to-face)
  • 14:00 – 16:00  Stress and Anxiety (Course)

Friday

  • 9:00- 9:45 Yoga
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Test your Brain
  • 13:00 – 13:45 Guided Mindfulness
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Open Spaces Eco Garden Friday (Face-to-face)
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Employment Briefings
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Poetry Appreciation
  • 16:00 – 17:30  Peer Support – Let it Out

Workshops – September 2021

  • 02/09/2021  Thursday    12:00 – 14:00      Wellbeing Workshop –  Understanding Self-Harm
  • 02/09/2021  Thursday     17:00 – 19:00      Wellbeing Workshop – Food and Mood
  • 06/09/2021  Monday       13:00- 15:00       Body Image – TWO WEEK WORKSHOP
  • 07/09/2021  Tuesday       10:00 – 12:00      Workshop – Living with and Understanding Bipolar
  • 09/09/2021  Thursday    12:00 – 14:00      Wellbeing Workshop – Increasing Self-Awareness
  • 09/09/2021  Thursday    17:00 – 19:00      Wellbeing Workshop –  Mental Health in the Workplace
  • 09/09/2021  Thursday    14:00 – 16:00      Naturopathic Nutrition Explained for a Personalised Healing Journey
  • 14/09/2021   Tuesday      10:00 – 12:00      Workshop –  Understanding anxiety and panic.
  • 16/09/2021   Thursday    12:00 – 14:00      Wellbeing Workshop –  Life After Trauma
  • 16/09/2021   Thursday    17:00 – 19:00      Wellbeing Workshop –  Understanding Stress and Depression
  • 20/09/2021   Monday     13:00- 15:00       Body Image – TWO WEEK WORKSHOP
  • 21/09/2021   Tuesday      10:00 – 12:00      Workshop –  Sleep and relaxation techniques
  • 23/09/2021   Thursday   12:00 – 14:00      Wellbeing Workshop –  Coping with Change
  • 23/09/2021   Thursday   17:00 – 19:00      Wellbeing Workshop –  Emotional Intelligence
  • 28/09/2021   Tuesday     10:00 – 12:00      Workshop –  Understanding stress and depression
  • 30/09/2021   Thursday   12:00 – 14:00      Wellbeing Workshop –  Sleep and Relaxation Techniques
  • 30/09/2021   Thursday   17:00 – 19:00      Wellbeing Workshop –  Living with and understanding Bipolar Disorder
Mind in Bexley Recovery College Referral Form

Information on Activities

Groups

Mind in Bexley’s creative writing group meets every Tuesday 12-2pm..

If you want to write a story, read a story, play word-games and experience gentle learning and have fun within a group of likeminded people.

Then you are welcome to come along and join us where you can increase your word power and broaden your horizons at your own pace.

Days and Times: Tuesdays  12:00 – 14:00 Duration: Two Hours

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality.

The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts.

Days and Times:   Monday  12:30 – 14:00 Duration: 90 Minutes

Many people find it hard to cope with the pressures of modern living.  Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to present moment; using techniques that help us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them.

Mindfulness is proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.

Reduce negative thoughts and emotions, Increase your wellbeing and happiness, Reduce the impact of difficult experiences.

Days and Times:  Monday 16:00 – 16:30 Thursday 09:00 – 09:45 Friday 13:00 – 13:45 Duration: 30 / 45 Minutes

The Let it out Peer Support Group is an online community facilitated by Volunteers and Mind staff members where you have the opportunity talk about your mental health and connect with other people who understand what you’re going through.

Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other and involves both giving and receiving support. This could be for example sharing knowledge or providing emotional support, social interaction or practical help. Everyone’s experiences are treated as equally important and no-one is more of an expert than anyone else.

Days and Times: Friday 16:00-17.30 Duration: 90 Minutes

This Peer support group, facilitated by a Volunteer and Mind Staff Member is a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and make some new ones whilst mending, making, being motivated and taking some time out for yourself.

What this will look like will be different for each of us.  For some this may involve sitting with a cup of tea and talking to the rest of the group but for others it will involve being creative; painting, baking, drawing, writing poetry, you decide how creative you want to be. Once you start to practice some self-care you will realise the benefits that it brings to you as well as to those around you.  You will feel more able to cope with situations that life throws at you because you will know what you need to do to recharge your batteries. Why not sign up to attend as it might give you the motivation to try something new.

“I love these groups, to me they mean “my time – my day”    “I love crafting, it helps me to relax”

Days and Times: Wednesday 11:00- 13:00 Duration: One Hour

Men’s Group is a Peer Support Group.  This is a friendly and informal group that includes group discussion on a variety of topics such as: current affairs, football, family and general well-being.

Days and Times: Tuesdays  10:30 – 12:00 Duration: 90 Minutes

Music for Therapy is a Music Peer Support Group.  Every participant gets a chance to select a song of their choice to be played to the group and are giving time to talk about their selection.  This is a relaxed group with great discussion.

Days and Times: Tuesday 12:00 – 12:45  Thursday  12:00 – 12:45 Duration: 90 Minutes

Pilates, pronounced “Puh-Lah-Tees”, takes its name from Joseph Pilates who was born in Germany in 1880.

Pilates believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. He immigrated to the US in the 1920s and opened a studio in New York, where he taught his method – which he called Contrology – for several decades. Pilates mat-work classes are not only fun, they are designed to help you improve flexibility and strength. Small equipment such as bands, toning circles and balls are used during mat-work classes to help you achieve better movement patterns and provide you with more awareness of your body – and of course to challenge you!  Our instructors cater to each individual, offering alternative movements if required so there is never a reason to feel worried about your ability.

Days and Times:  Tuesday 12:00 – 12:45, Thursday 12:00 – 12:45 Duration: 45 Minutes

Come and join us for an hour of all things poetry, We will be looking and discussing different poems each week.

Understanding poetry is so personal, no matter of previous experience, your views will be so interesting to us all.

Grab a cuppa tea and join us on Zoom

Days and Times: Friday  14:00 -15:00 Duration: One Hour

In this group you are encouraged to share interesting pictures you have taken during your week which will be shared with the group.

We will have lots of pictures to look at, talk about and pick up some hints and tips.  All types of camera and skill levels are welcome.

Days and Times: Wednesday   09:30 – 10:30 Duration: One Hour

Qigong can be described as a mind-body-breath practice that improves mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, sound, and focused intent.

What are the Benefits of Qigong? Generally Qigong and Tai Chi have been proven to have the following benefits: Improved balance, strength, flexibility and muscle strength,  Reduced anxiety and depression,  Lower Blood pressure,  Improved immune system,  Greater awareness, calmness and well-being,  Improved mental focus, Better sleep quality, Improved cognitive function in older adults, Relieving chronic pain, Improved emotions,  Loosen muscles and joints, Aids digestion.

Days and Times:  Thursday 10:00 – 11:00 Duration: One Hour

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise.

It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a non-competitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching.

Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

Days and Times:  Tuesday 12:00 – 12:45, Thursday 12:00 – 12:45 Duration: 45 Minutes

You are Invited to join us on Zoom for Quizzes, Memory Games, spelling tests, boggle, spot the difference, math’s problems and much more…

All you need is a pen and paper. No scores are read aloud, this is all for Fun!

Days and Times: Friday 11:00 – 12:00 Duration: One Hour

The women’s group is an opportunity for ladies to come together for coffee and a chat in a safe environment where they can feel comfortable and relaxed.

Group meeting via zoom due to Covid-19 until further notice.

Days and Times:   Monday  10:00 – 12:00 Duration: Two Hours

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

Many studies suggest that yoga is a safe and effective way to increase strength, flexibility and balance.  There is some evidence to suggest that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression, anxiety and stress.

Days and Times: Wednesday   18:00 – 18:45  Friday  09:00 – 09:45 Duration: 45 Minutes

In this session we move through a gentle sequence designed to cultivate relaxation and resilience.

Throughout the class you will practice techniques that help calm the body and mind. This session offers

you both breathing exercises and physical techniques that help balance your mood, calm negative thoughts, and reclaim a sense of self-control.

Days and Times: Monday 09:00 – 10:00 Duration: One Hour

Face-to-Face Groups

The art club is a face to face closed group which runs once a week for 6 weeks. Within the sessions attendees bring in their own art materials and can socialise within a safe space at Mind in Bexley whilst creating their own imagery. The session is client led with no set subject to focus on, this enables service users the freedom to decide what they want to do and also to explore different styles. We will also set times when we can go to a different location to draw the sights around us, whether it be a coffee shop or a local park. There is inspiration all around us!
Disclaimer: This group is not therapy based

Gardening and Food growing has a range of benefits; it is physically active, mentally healthy, a place to meet people, builds confidence. Plus growing healthy nutritious food for you and your families.

Why not join our green spaces:

Mind in Bexley has two food growing spaces and a garden. We will be arranging workshops throughout the growing season. Eco-therapy improves mental and physical wellbeing by supporting people to be active outdoors doing gardening, food growing or environmental conservation work and other activities in nature.

Days and Times: Monday, Thursday 10:00 – 13:00, Friday 12:00 – 14:00

A series of workshops for people who experience hearing voices or seeing visions.

These supportive workshops provide an opportunity to exchange information and learn from each other.

The workshop is open to those who have experience of hearing voices or seeing visions whether past or present.

Days and Times: Wednesday 14:00- 15:00 Duration: One Hour

The monthly peer-led forum is a safe place for clients with SMI and their carers to come together and chat about their challenges and share solutions. The group is led by a Mind staff member with lived experience and is held every second Wednesday of the month. A community link worker will also be available at monthly meetings (from October) to carry out Annual Health Checks. The aims and activities of the group will be determined by the members themselves.

Young Adult’s Project (YAP for short) is a person centered informal social support group which allows those age 18-28 to express themselves and also to gain the confidence and skills to empower themselves and others.

The group is facilitated by a staff member of Mind with lived experience and it is held on a weekly basis at various locations in Bexleyheath. This can include visiting different cafes, doing activities such as bowling, visiting exhibitions and also guest speakers from various organisations. The group allows attendees to decide where they would like to go and collaborate on ideas.

Days and Times: Monday 2:00 – 3:15 Duration: One Hour 15 Minutes

Workshops

This workshop will run over a two-week period, split into two 2-hour sessions. It will try to adjust your way of thinking about body-image and challenge the images of idealised bodies shown throughout the media that can negatively impact people’s perceptions of themselves.

By the end of the course, you will hopefully have achieved:

– An improved self-image

– A more realistic approach to body-image

By the end of the course, you will have hopefully learnt:

–  A better understanding of body image and how it is affected

– How external / internal factors that influence how we think and feel

– Body image in men and women

– How to accept your body and not aspire to unrealistic ideals

– How not everything in the media is as it seems

– How body-image affects mental health

– Ways to overcome negative body image

– An understanding of body image disorders / eating disorder

– Help that is available

Days and Times: Monday 13:00- 15:00 – Two Hours

Many people spend a great deal of time and energy trying to avoid change, but the reality is we experience change in every area of our life, even if we don’t expect to.

If you can learn to cope with life’s changes, you’ll lower your risk for anxiety and depression; you will be more positive in your approach to work and relationships, and have more control over decisions you may face with your physical and mental health. During this workshop you will have the chance to find out how adaptable you are; and where you might be resistant to change. Using the Cycle of Change model we will identify how to break the circle of denial and move forward with positivity.

The workshop promotes the use of cognitive coaching and self-reflection to increase your ability to be more open to change. With peer support group discussion, group activities and exercises you will be able to explore ways to create healthier practices to deal with change and will learn how to incorporate this into your daily life..

Days and Times: Thursday 17:00 – 19:00  Duration: Two Hours

In this workshop you will receive a brief overview of possible causes of Smart Phone and Tablet dependency, how it affects us physically and how it also impacts on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

This course is designed to help understand the nature of addiction, the way it affects our behaviours and increases negative thinking and the fear of missing out (FOMO). The session will explore a wide range of strategies, techniques and lifestyle choices to cope and to reduce your dependency on Devices.

  • What is addiction and what causes it
  • The warning signs of Device ‘overuse’.
  • How your Smart Phone works hard to keep you addicted
  • Steps you can take to modify your Device use
  • 9 Signs your Child may have an addiction
  • Help for Children with support from Parents/Carers

Days and Times: Friday 10:00 – 12:00  Duration: Two Hours

This workshop is designed to give you an understanding of what is a healthy diet and how your diet can affect your mood and mental well-being.

Objectives:

  • Eat well plate – basic nutrition
  • How your diet can affect your mood
  • Tips to think about:
  • Food diary
  • Goal planning

Days and Times: Thursday 12:00 – 14:00  Duration: Two Hours

Self awareness is an important skill to learn for us to develop a better understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. With self-awareness we are able to experience ourselves as unique and separate individuals which empowers us to make changes and to build on our areas of strength as well as identify areas where we would like to make improvements.

During this workshop you will have the chance to learn how self-awareness can enable you to make better decisions and see things from the perspective of others, leading to better relationships and an increase in happiness and contentment.

The workshop promotes the use of cognitive coaching and self-reaction to increase your ability to be more self-aware of your feelings and behaviours as well as the associated issues around you.

With discussion, participation in peer support group activities and exercises you will be able to explore how to incorporate what you learn into your daily life to take small steps towards increased self-awareness in life..

Days and Times: Thursday 17:00 – 19:00 Duration: Two Hours

This workshop explores the various triggers which may lead to psychological and emotional trauma. We will look at the immediate and long-term effects of trauma, as well as various treatments and coping strategies.

Days and Times: Tuesday Duration: Two Hours

This workshop is an introduction to bipolar disorder and some of the different types.

The workshop explores the different triggers and symptoms for mania and also depression. This enables the participants to identify their own triggers and also attendees will have the chance to fill out their own mood chart to track their moods on a daily basis so they can take charge of their own recovery and notice any patterns within the chart.

It focuses on healthy lifestyle changes as well as learning about famous celebrities who have also been open about their struggles with the disorder. The workshop encourages self-reflection and sharing people’s own lived experience of living with bipolar disorder in a safe environment.

In this workshop, we explore the relationship between mental health and work, focusing on how to create a mentally healthy workplace and how to be supportive of colleagues while still looking after oneself. We will look at why mental health is just as important as physical health, and share information about local mental health services

Days and Times: Thursday 17:00 – 19:00  Duration: Two Hours

Our journey through life has to be a healing one for that is what we are designed for: Healing. Knowing thyself is the biggest and most important project, selfcare a priority. We are in charge of this amazing human vessel designed to heal itself by itself.

How do we best support our all-interconnected body systems and tap into our incredible “Healing Power of Nature”? What are Naturopathic principles or Nature Cure, and how can we apply them to our nutrition and lifestyle?

With small lasting adjustments we can regain our vital force and mental clarity. The only limits we have are the ones we set ourselves, let’s expand our possibilities.

Days and Times: Thursday 14:00 – 16:00 Duration: Two Hours

Days and Times: Thursday 14:00 – 16:00 Duration: Two Hours

This workshop focuses on the ways in which we can protect our mindset from the negative effects of worrying and unhelpful thinking. We explore the effect that anxiety and low mood can have on our mental health and motivation. Participants will be encouraged to think about the kind of mindset they would like to have, and we look at ways in which we might invite more positivity into our lives and allow ourselves to grow outside of our comfort zone.

Days and Times: Thursday  12:00 – 14:00  Duration: Two Hours

Researchers have found that sleep and relaxation are important for us because it can support us in achieving

  • Better productivity and concentration ● Lower weight gain risk ● Better calorie regulation ● Greater athletic performance ● Lower risk of heart disease ● More social and emotional intelligence ● Preventing depression ● Lower inflammation ● Stronger immune system

Aims of the Workshop

  • simple relaxation methods, that promote health and general well-being ● the scientific background of why we sometimes can’t sleep ● practical implementation in daily life ● how to relax yourself

Days and Times: Thursday  12:00 – 14:00 Duration: Two Hours

This workshop is for those who would like to learn more about what anxiety and panic is. We learn and explore different types of negative thinking patterns and share our own experiences of how we can relate. We’ll also incorporate different ideas on how we can turn these negative thought patterns into positives by incorporating different healthy ways to wellbeing.

Days and Times: Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00 Duration: Two Hours

The Understanding Self-Harm Workshop is aimed at those wishing to increase their awareness of self harm and for those that wish to learn how to develop better coping strategies. The workshop looks at self harm facts and myths, how and why people may self harm and how to best manage and control urges.

The workshop promotes the use of cognitive coaching, self awareness and personal reflection. With discussion, participation in peer support group activities and exercises you will be able to explore how to incorporate what you learn into your daily life.

Days and Times: Thursday 12:00 – 14:00 Duration: Two Hours

Within this workshop we will explore depression and how it differs to stress. We will talk about positive and negative stress and explore different symptoms relating to the following –

  • Physical.
  • Psychological.
  • Emotional.
  • Social.
  • Thinking.
  • Behavioural

We also look into the stress bucket and find ways of being able to explore how to manage our well being within a healthy and achievable way

Days and Times: Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00 Duration: Two Hours

Courses

Over the past year, maintaining wellness at home has become more important than ever and is something that should be continued into the future. COVID-19 saw many of us working from home / staying indoors to protect our health; this has affected many people’s physical, social and psychological wellbeing.

Therefore, this course will give you an insight into some tips and ideas on how to ensure you can take care of your mind and body from the comfort of your own home.

Days and Times: Wednesday   13:00 – 14:00 Duration: One Hour

A positive self-image is key to living a happy and healthy life. Research shows that people who feel confident in themselves can problem solve and make better decisions, take more risks, assert themselves, and strive to meet their personal goals. In fact there is an entire field devoted to it called Positive Psychology.

Aims of the workshop:
● Provide the participants with a better understanding of what is positive thinking, how it impacts and how to develop it

  • Enable a greater self-awareness
  • Equip the participants in effective techniques for changing attitudes
  • Support well-being

Course Content:

  • What is positive thinking made of?
  • Why is positive thinking the key to a successful life?
  • How to develop the skill of positive thinking?

Days and Times: Tuesday 14:00 – 16:00, Thursday 10:00 – 12:00 Duration: Two Hours

Anxiety and stress cause more sick days, illness and presenteeism than physical ailments. Discover the difference between stress and anxiety and why in combination they are the single biggest cause of concern for the working population.

Aims of the workshop:

  • Provide the participants with a better understanding of what is positive thinking, how it impacts and how to develop it
  • Enable a greater self-awareness
  • Equip the participants in effective techniques for changing attitudes
  • Support well-being

Course Content:

  • Typical causes of anxiety
  • How to become familiar with triggers
  • How to select coping strategies that work specifically for you

Days and Times: Tuesday 18:00 – 20:00 Thursday 14:00 – 16:00 Duration: Two Hours

This three-week course allows participants the chance to discuss the effect which Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns have had on their lives. We will explore any concerns or anxieties around all the changes we have experienced over the past year and a half, and look at some coping strategies and how we can move forward.

We will also consider whether this experience has had any positive outcomes, in terms of re-examining priorities or finding different ways of connecting with people, for example.

Days and Times: Monday 12:00 – 13:00  Duration: One Hour