Solent Mind shares skills to master mental health
It is delivering a unique range of programmes and short sessions to help people who are using mental health services in Portsmouth, or supporting someone who does.
The programme will help in managing mental wellbeing and recovery.
Taught in a classroom setting and online via Zoom, ‘students’ at Solent Mind’s Solent Recovery College can learn practical skills for living with ongoing symptoms as well as how to get the best from mental health services in Portsmouth, in a safe and confidential space.
FIND OUT MORE: For more information about Solent Recovery College, including the next enrolment date and how to sign up, visit www.solentmind.org.uk/portsmouth, email [email protected], or call 07971 348 555, Monday and Wednesday to Friday (closed Tuesdays), 10am to 3pm.
All the sessions have been designed in partnership between Solent NHS Trust, University of Portsmouth and Solent Mind Peer Trainers, allowing those with lived experience of a mental health issue to share their experiences and skills side-by-side with mental health professionals.
Sessions cover everything from the realities of living with different mental health problems, treatment options and local support, to how to use one’s own lived experience of a mental health problem to help others.
Solent Recovery College also offers multiple-part programmes digitally or face-to-face, teaching simple mindful practices and skills to better cope with ongoing mental health symptoms.
So far this year, 657 adults living in Portsmouth have enrolled in Solent Recovery College – totalling 1,000 classroom hours.
Solent Recovery College alumni Rebecca said: “I took a course at Solent Recovery College and began re-framing my mental health as a recovery journey. The techniques I learned have been very helpful. I practice mindfulness, I’m building routines, I keep copious lists and I try not to overcommit.”
Rebecca, a Team Lead at Solent Recovery College, said: “I love having something I believe in to work for,” she continued. “It’s liberating to have a job where I don’t have to hide my diagnosis and I don’t have to be my diagnosis. I can be as different as I like. Just like everybody else."
GET SUPPORT: Visit www.solentmind.org.uk/portsmouth, email [email protected] or call 023 9282 4795, Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 5.30pm, for more information about Portsmouth Wellbeing and Peer Support.