A place of learning, connection and hope
for people who experience mental ill health, as well as carers, family & friends.
MHCC ACT is leading a project to develop a Recovery College for Canberra…
Recovery Colleges operate in a similar way to adult learning centres, offering a range of courses to help people understand their experiences of mental ill health and gain the skills to take control of their personal recovery journeys.
Recovery Colleges are not just for people experiencing mental ill health. They offer courses to assist carers and family members to improve their understanding of mental illness and build skills to offer support.
There is no single model for Recovery Colleges. Established colleges in the UK, Sydney and Melbourne operate according to local community needs; possibilities are determined by local resources and commitment from dedicated individuals. However, all colleges use the concept of co-design – a bringing together of expertise represented by equal partnership between professionals and people with lived experience – to shape all aspects of design and development.
About the project…
Interest in a Canberra College began in 2015, when Richmond Fellowship hosted a talk by UK Recovery College founder, Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Rachel Perkins.
We have not yet secured funding to open a college in the ACT. At this stage, we are developing a design plan that can be implemented if funding is made available. The plan will be submitted to the ACT Government in October 2017 for consideration for the 2018–19 Budget.
Our focus at present is to engage people from throughout the mental health community – people with lived experience, carers, workers, clinicians and educators – in shaping a model for a local college including solid plans for a curriculum, location, facilities, services and more.
As this project evolves, there will be new opportunities for people to get involved. You can stay up to date by subscribing to the Recovery College mailing list.
More about Co-design
The concept of co-design draws on the fundamental principles of equality, inclusion, shared control and responsibility. Co-design will shape all aspects of the Recovery College design, development and delivery.Learn more...
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