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New college aims to improve health in Hampshire

mental health

7:00am 14th February 2016

A brand new college is set to launch in an attempt to improve people’s health.

Based in Farnham and North East Hampshire, the Recovery College aims to help people manage their symptoms.

The college will tackle both mental and physical health issues.

Teaching will come in the form of both courses and workshops and is targeting both those suffering, carers, and health professionals.

Dr Angela Devon, the Associate Director for Therapies and Consultant Clinical Psychologist said:

“The Recovery College aims to help people feel in control of their symptoms, rather than symptoms controlling them.

“It is not just for people with a physical or mental health condition though – carers are equally welcome and will find courses beneficial.”

The College is part of the ‘Happy, Healthy, at home’ programme which combines the health and social care services with the voluntary agencies in the area.

This College, if successful, will be reported back to the NHS and may be rolled out nationally.

Dr Devon continued, “They [the courses] take place in community locations such as libraries or colleges, and people can register for courses themselves – they don’t need their GP to refer them.

“The courses are delivered in a supportive environment.

“Many courses are written and taught by people with lived experience of physical and mental health difficulties alongside professionals.

“The Recovery Colleges offers a caring approach where we can all learn together.”

You must be 18-or-over to enroll on one of the Recovery College courses or workshops.

You can find out more information on the Recovery College website.