The award-winning Mind Recovery College® is now available and free to people interested in mental health and wellbeing in northern Adelaide. 

The Mind Recovery College, delivered by leading community mental health services provider Mind Australia, 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 Mind Recovery College is typically available for existing Mind service users, but will now be open to the general public each Friday at Sonder Safe Haven in Salisbury, South Australia. 

Each week a different topic related to mental health and wellbeing will be covered, ranging from navigating change, anxiety, managing stress and confidence.  

Mind’s General Manager of Operations in South Australia Brett Williams said there is a strong appetite for the Mind Recovery College in South Australia. 

“The feedback we receive from the people we support indicates the value of this type of work in assisting people to better understand their mental health and wellbeing challenges and, importantly, develop the knowledge and skills they need in their mental health recovery journey,” he said. 

“Mind is proud to be pioneers in this field, leading the way in supporting people living with the day-to-day impacts of mental health and wellbeing challenges as we have done in South Australia for more than 15 years.” 

Kim Salter, Mind Recovery College Senior Advisor, said the Recovery College is a place where people can come together to discover that they are not alone in the mental health challenges they are experiencing. 

“The idea behind it is that we learn from tough stuff when we have a safe, non-judgemental space to be able to reflect. It’s an empowering approach to mental health,” Ms Salter said. 

“When a facilitator shares some of the tough times they have been through, but show 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.” 

The first introductory Mind Recovery College course in this series open to the public will be held on Friday 5 May. 

Find out more about Mind Recovery College sessions in South Australia by emailing [email protected]   

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