Recovery College

The Recovery College offers free educational courses about mental health and recovery which are designed to increase your knowledge and skills and promote self-management. Courses are available to anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing including: service users; family members and staff.

Each course is co-produced and co-facilitated by Recovery College Tutors. At least one tutor will have lived experience of mental health recovery and the other will have learned experience of the subject area. Both tutors have a special interest in mental health recovery.

The Recovery College promotes three themes: hope, opportunity and control.


The Recovery College Vision is to be an educational centre of excellence that nurtures recovery. The College aims to communicate that mental health recovery can be a reality for all. We strive to develop a College that is free from stigma, is strengths-based and always seeks to realise the person, not the illness.

The Recovery College provides a range of educational courses/workshops for people who use or have used services, their supporters (family, friends and carers), staff and members’ of the community and voluntary sector.

The work of the Recovery College builds upon the national drive to create a society in which people with mental health conditions have access to the same opportunities in life as everyone else and are able to play an active and participatory role in their local communities.

Click here to view the Recovery College principles

Who is it for?        

The Recovery College is available to anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing including:

    • Service users
    • Family members
    • Carers
    • Trust employees
    • Members of the community and voluntary sectors

  • Booking

    To book onto a course please complete the booking registration form and return to the Recovery College:

    Recovery College
    Main Office
    Home 3, Ulster Hospital
    Upper Newtownards Road,
    BT16 1RH


    View the student journey here.

  • Get Involved

    Co-production is a relationship where professionals and service users share power to plan and deliver support together, recognising that both have vital contributions to make.

    It is a meeting of two experts, clinician (learned experience) and service user (lived experience) each with their respective knowledge and skills.

    We believe that co-production can transform people’s lives. For co-production to become part of the way we work, we strive to create a culture where the following values and behaviours are the norm.

    Click here to view the Recovery College co-production charter.

    Opportunities to get involved in Co-production

    The Recovery College offers a range of opportunities for people with lived and learned experiences to get involved including: course design; co-facilitation; volunteering; committee representation (aka sub-group representative).

    If you are interested in getting involved in the Recovery College, please complete the expression of interest form and return it by email or post.

    Please click here to download the co-production expression of interest form


    Anna Chapman
    Recovery College Co-ordinator
    Mental Health
    Home 3, Ulster Hospital
    Upper Newtownards Road
    BT16 1RH

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Contact Details

Recovery College

Main Office
Home 3
Ulster Hospital
Upper Newtownards Rod
BT16 1RH


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