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The mental health college that’s a lifeline in ‘a sea of being alone’

A scheme in south London pairs healthcare professionals with former patients to provide courses and advice to those with mental health problems

The students gathered on a three-hour “five ways to improve your wellbeing” course in south London are about to have a powerful realization.

One of the group is asked to think about how many hours a week she spends seeing healthcare professionals, such as health visitors or psychiatrists, about her mental health condition.

Launched in 2010, there are now over 50 courses in the shiny prospectus belonging to the Recovery College situated in the grounds of Springfield University hospital that are attended by around 150 people a week. They range from providing information about specific diagnoses (for example, understanding personality disorder), to teaching coping tools such as journaling or mindfulness. There are also courses specifically for carers, families and friends.

Click here to read the full article on the Guardian’s website

25th October 2016

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