CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College is a learning and development centre providing a range of educational courses, workshops and resources for people with mental health difficulties who are using CNWL services, or have been discharged in the past 12 months, their carers, supporters and family members and staff from all areas of the Trust.
We recognise that lived experience of people with mental health difficulties and the experiences of those that support them are just as valuable as the expertise of mental health professionals.
Co-production is at the core of our practice. It is a process of collaboration between mental health professionals and peer recovery trainers (those with lived experience of mental health conditions) working together to develop and deliver courses aimed at empowering students with the information and practical steps they need to guide them on their journey to recovery.
The College thrives on partnership. We bring together people with professional experience of mental health and people with lived experience of mental health to design innovative courses that actually make a difference. All of our courses and workshops are designed to contribute towards wellbeing and recovery and are co-delivered by people who have the personal experience of living with mental health difficulties, known as peer recovery trainers.
We aim to promote opportunities for the recovery and social inclusion of people with different mental health experiences. We do this in a safe environment that nurtures hope, fosters growth, creates opportunity and draws on the strength of peer-to-peer support.
We see recovery as a personal journey which is unique to each individual.
All our workshops are co-developed and co-delivered by people with life experience of recovery (peer trainers) alongside people who have clinical or health professional experience of supporting people (practitioner trainers).
Our core values are:
Hope: Believing in the possibility that things can get better
Opportunity: Feeling and being part of your world again and rebuilding a sense of self
Control: Having control over your problems and your life and being in the driving seat
We define recovery as the personal journey people with different mental health experiences take to rebuild, re-discover their strengths and live meaningful, hopeful and satisfying lives.
For some people the concept of recovery is about taking and staying in control of their lives, despite experiencing mental or physical health challenges. Self-management and self-determination are the foundations of recovery as people define their own goals and plan their own journey towards these goals.
Having a sense of wellbeing is an integral part of the recovery journey. Wellbeing incorporates connecting with people, being active, taking notice of what is around you, learning and giving.
Although clinical recovery may be included in this journey the aims and aspirations of personal recovery are far more extensive. Recovery is holistic and embraces the whole person, including their mind, body, spirit and community. It gives people the opportunity to reach their full potential. People facing mental and physical health challenges develop their own definition of recovery.