Involving individuals and communities in mental health support and wellbeing

Mindskills Recovery College

Learning skills to help with recovery from emotional distress – through short courses for small groups of people with similar experience.

What we do 

Mindskills Recovery College – based in Hartlepool and Stockton – is for people suffering mental and emotional distress and want to learn more about how to best manage such states. The College aims to build up your confidence to take steps towards leading a more fulfilling and a fuller life. The College also provides a wide range of small group activities – such as relaxation, crafts, sports, music making, walking and mindfulness– for people looking for activities providing a safe and relaxed atmosphere in which you can take steps towards enjoying life again.

Recovery College staff work alongside each person who meets the College criteria and decides to get involved – by helping you to create your own, unique plan for recovery. Being in the Recovery College is all about working together in groups, so becoming involved can be a good way to meet new people, though only at the pace that’s right for you. Many people who have benefitted from their involvement with the Recovery College have gone on to volunteer with the College and help others.

What to expect 

Recovery College courses help you to understand more about mental health and to learn skills to manage distressing feelings, thoughts & behaviours and increase your sense of wellbeing. The invariably safe, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of social groups and activities mean that you participate only to the extent with which you feel comfortable. The College – which is nothing like a traditional educational institution such as a Further Education college, other than learning takes place – also encourages and supports you to use your own experience of illness and health and your life experience and skills to help one another. If you decide eventually to help others and become involved as a temporary volunteer as part of your recovery then expect a stimulating & challenging course and a big step towards becoming well again. Recovery College sessions take place in various local venues during the daytime, evenings and at weekends.

Support Groups Timetables

Recovery College criteria 

People aged 16 and over living within Hartlepool or Stockton Borough

People whose experience of emotional distress meets a certain threshold

People willing and able to attend small groups for learning, activities  and socialising.

How do I take part?

You can find out more by sending back the enquiry form

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