2 June 2022

For the first time the award-winning Mind Recovery College® will open its mental and social wellbeing courses to the Victorian public thanks to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs.

The Mind Recovery College is delivered by leading mental health services provider Mind Australia. It bridges the gap between mental health services and education programs. Mind’s qualified peer facilitators use their lived experience of mental health and recovery to inspire and support participants to strengthen their own mental health and wellbeing.

The first, introductory Mind Recovery College course will be held in Coburg on Friday 24 June, with more to follow at community centres across Victoria.

“Clinical mental health services have an important role to play in the treatment of distress, but the impact that can be achieved when people come together to share what has helped them to manage life stressors and improve their mental health and wellbeing is remarkable,” Angela Gullone, Mind Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub Lead Practitioner and course facilitator, said.

Kim Salter, Mind Recovery College Learning and Development Consultant, said the biggest benefit of the Mind Recovery College model is that participants can relate to facilitators because of their lived experience.

“When a facilitator shares some of the tough times they have been through, but shows that it’s possible to come out the other side and do something valuable with these tough experiences, that is very inspiring and communicates to participants that we all have choices,” Ms Salter, who is the co-facilitator of this session, said.

The first Mind Recovery College event in this series is Confidence: an inner steadiness.

“The subject of confidence may seem trivial at first glance, but it’s an important one to explore for people who are experiencing mental health challenges,” Ms Gullone said.

“This is because lack of confidence is linked with emotions like fear, depression, and anxiety, while confidence is linked with positive emotions such as optimism, self-belief, energy and excitement.”

These Mind Recovery College courses are being delivered through the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs now operating across Victoria.

The hubs provide easy access to a mix of free mental health supports, including face-to-face support, telehealth, mobile outreach and online delivery services.

Confidence: an inner steadiness is free and open to the general public – you do not need a history of mental health treatment to participate, however registrations are essential. The session will run from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm on Friday 24 June 2022 at Newlands and East Coburg Neighbourhood Houses (NECCHI), located at 20 Murray Road, Coburg North. Light refreshments will be provided.

Find out more about this event by calling Mind Connect on 1300 286 463. Learn more about the Mind Recovery College.

Find out more about the Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs.