If recovery is a personal journey of discovery, the challenge for mental health services is to assist people in this journey.
Major cultural and organisational changes are required. A Recovery College embodies the transformations that are central to driving recovery-focused organisational change. Attending a Recovery College can give people the confidence, skills and insights to take control over their lives and pursue their aspirations.
Moreover, by modelling different relationships between people using services and mental health practitioners, by employing people with lived experience as peer workers and by replacing some elements of existing services, a Recovery College can have a 'domino effect' across a mental health service. The opportunity to also reduce costs means Colleges have the potential to deliver a 'win-win' situation - better services at lower cost.
Recovery Colleges is the first of a series of briefing papers from ImROC.