What is a Recovery College?

There has been a shift in mental health services from an emphasis on treatment focused on reducing symptoms, based on a medical model, to a more holistic approach which takes into consideration wellbeing, recovery, social functioning, and quality of life.

At Recovery College Greenwich, we take an educational rather than a clinical approach to improving mental health and wellbeing.  We believe people are the experts on their own experience.  We aim to support people recognise and develop their own inner resources in order to take control of their own lives.  To do so, we focus on strengths rather than problems.  Put simply, we see the person, not the diagnosis.

We offer a range of courses aimed at inspiring hope and building self-efficacy to support people to lead full and meaningful lives.  Courses offer a safe and supportive learning environment to explore what recovery and wellbeing means to the individual, and to learn new skills, and through self-management, to deal with life’s up and downs.

What are the key features of a recovery-focused service?

  • Educational and coaching approach
  • Hope-inspiring relationships
  • Co-production
  • Peer support
  • Focus on the here and now and near future
  • Self-management encouraged and facilitated
  • Strengths identified
  • Community links and future options explored
  • Goal setting to establish a sense of direction/purpose

What does recovery mean?

a loving invitation to be something more. 

Patricia Deegan

Recovery is that something more.  What that more is will depend.  It will depend on what someone in recovery thinks it means.  It will depend on their definition of ‘getting better’.  The challenge of recovery is to be the person you are meant to be.

We see recovery as a journey, and see ourselves as a staging post on someone’s journey, and each person is on a different journey and at a different stage of this journey.

Can you still be recovered and have a mental health condition?

It is possible to lead a full and meaningful life and still have a mental health condition.  We support people develop a positive identity outside of being a person with a mental health condition.  It may be part of you but it is not the whole of you.