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Recovery College

The College space is now being used by the Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service to respond to A&E departments being overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients. It is not possible to visit the College at this time.

All courses and face to face meetings - including the AGM - are cancelled until further notice. Don't hesitate to email us (new phone number to be confirmed).

Mind has issued information for people who are feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus and self-isolation. Please read and share with anyone you feel would benefit from this information.

Who we are

The Recovery College team co-produce mental health and wellbeing training courses. We believe recovery is a journey, not a destination and that we are all students of life.
Our tutors have professional and lived experience of mental and physical health challenges. They include staff peer and professional tutors as well as psychologists, occupational therapists, nurses and social workers from Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, as well as experts from the Third Sector, including Mind in Camden, and Castlehaven.
The Recovery College is a non-judgmental place where people can be truly authentic through sharing their stories and experience of their journey to wellbeing. We believe that everyone in the room at our courses, tutors and students, bring their own expertise.  

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What we do

We run co-produced recovery-focused courses in four broad areas: Recovery Journey, Mental Health Conditions, Wellbeing, and Self-development. Our courses promote hope that recovery is possible.  They are lively, aspirational and interactive.  We aim to empower people in practical ways by teaching them self-care tools to improve their wellbeing. 
We teach over 30 co-produced courses including ‘Talking about Suicide’, ‘Nurturing Self Compassion’, ‘Men’s Space’, ‘Living Well with a Long Term Condition’ and ‘Creative Movement’, as well as courses on anxiety, depression, relationships and more. Our course guide contains details for all our courses.
We run courses in community venues in Camden and Islington.  Our venues include:
  • King's Place
  • Birkbeck University of London
  • Highgate Mental Health Centre
  • Islington Town Hall
  • Crowndale Centre
  • St Pancras Hospital

How we work

We work using the model of co-production, where professionals from our Trust and community work together with peer tutors, who have lived and professional experience, to co-produce recovery-focused courses.  Co-production continues with our students who have their own knowledge, skills and experience to share in courses.

Who is the service for

Everyone aged 18+ who lives or works in Camden or Islington can access our free courses. Staff and service users are welcome, as are friends, family, other professionals and members of the public.  No referral is needed.  We also provide our expertise outside London, existing customers include Changing Lives (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and Berlin Recovery College.

Please email recovery.college@candi.nhs.uk for further details. Register for courses online here.

(NB no one is enrolled until they have visited the College each term to sign our student charter).


Contact us

Call us on: 078 1709 1264
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There is now a 24 hour 7 day Mental Health Critical Assessment Service at St Pancras Hospital for people who are suffering a mental health crisis. If you are in mental health crisis, do not go to A&E, call 020 3317 6333 (24 hours).

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