The recovery college from Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is working alongside national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, to provide a peer supported element to the courses on offer.
Dr Angela Devon, Associate Director for Therapies and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“The recovery college is all about helping people to improve their health and wellbeing, whether that’s because they have a physical or mental health condition themselves, or are caring for someone who has.
“If you found the structured learning environment at school didn’t suit you, then you will be pleasantly surprised by the recovery college. It will help people feel supported and empowered, in a friendly and positive environment where learning is far removed from the textbook style that people may remember.
“As well as professionals, many courses are written and taught by people who have lived with physical and mental health conditions themselves, so they have real empathy with what others can be going through tough times.”
The college, operating in community centres and libraries throughout North East Hampshire and Farnham, is aimed at people aged 18 or over who are living with mental health problems, supporting people with mental health problems or who are interested in mental health.
Help with understanding personality disorders as well as confidence and wellbeing programmes are amongst the courses on offer.
Steven Smith-Trask, managing director for Richmond Fellowship (south), said: