Leeds Recovery College is a new college designed to involve a wide range of different people with mental health needs from across the city.
It will offer a prospectus of educational and training courses focused on being mentally healthy, staying well and helping people to develop the knowledge and strength to overcome life’s challenges.
Courses are open to all adults with personal experience and the College welcomes carers, supporters and professionals too.
With an estimated 105,000 people in the city suffering from disorders such as anxiety and depression the college aims to reach more people in a community setting and supports a self-care approach, as set out in the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
Courses aren’t therapy, they are based in education and recovery colleges do not replace a clinical or therapeutic intervention.
Starting on Tuesday 12 February the College will offer its first course – Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). WRAP started life in the USA and is suitable for adults who would like to improve their mental wellbeing.
WRAP is a structured course that will encourage participants to consider what is important for their own wellbeing. The course is delivered by facilitators who share personal experience and how they use their own WRAP plan.
The Leeds Recovery College is being developed by Simon Burton at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Simon has experience of working at other Yorkshire-based recovery colleges.
“Recovering from a period of mental ill health doesn’t have a predetermined start, middle or end. What aids one person’s recovery may not be that helpful to the next person.
“Recovery is about recovering personal confidence, self-regard and esteem that can be lost as a result of a period of stress or burnout, prolonged anxiety, illness or diagnosis. It’s about recovering a sense of self, purpose and control in life despite these challenges.
“Recovery colleges enable people to learn about what is important to them and their own self-care. They enable people to reflect on their skills and talents and they enable people to develop the knowledge and support they need for their health, life and work.
“I’ve used WRAP for many years and it means that I look after myself better. I have more healthy routines, I know more about things that prompt unhelpful feelings and I recognise more the times and situations where I particularly feel under pressure and when my mental health isn’t good. WRAP has completely changed how I view what is important to me and my own mental health.”
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About Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust:
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Leeds and across Yorkshire and the Humber.