New term begins for mental health and wellbeing classes in Wigan
The Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) Recovery Academy returns this spring and includes new face-to-face classes and more places for students.
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There are over 65 classes on offer, with new ones including yoga and wellness; hepatitis C: improving screening, prevention and care; and comedy and well-being.
Other courses cover topics such as trauma, personality disorders, substance abuse, depression, sleep, and dementia.
Face-to-face lessons are available in Wigan and other parts of Greater Manchester.
The Recovery Academy was launched in 2013 to provide learning opportunities for people to help manage and promote good mental health and wellbeing.
The academy is free to join and accessible to: people with mental health or addiction issues; their family, friends and loved ones; GMMH staff members, volunteers and student interns; and any healthcare professional.
Claire Watson, Head of Service User/Carer Engagement and Improvement at the Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be back and bigger than ever. The easing of Covid-19 restrictions has allowed us to offer more places in our taught courses. That said, we are still very committed to keeping everyone safe and you can find out more about our safety measures at www.gmmh.nhs.uk/recovery
“Although the pandemic was a traumatic time for many of us, it allowed the team to develop more resources, so we are really back bigger than ever, with more face-to-face classes than never before and additional self-help resources, e-learning packages and radio podcasts.
“We are working with partners like Open Awards, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, University of Law, United Response and The Laughing Horse to continually develop course offerings. We hope everyone enjoys everything we have to offer and if you think of anything else Recovery Academy can do, let us know.
The Recovery Academy also offers bespoke mental health training modules for other organizations, with recent partners including Metrolink.