Learning and mental health come together at new learning centres
Mental health. It wasn’t a class at school. So where can adults in Canada go to learn about mental health and well-being? The answer is “recovery colleges.” The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) already operates 15 centres in communities across Canada. And, thanks to a new partnership between CMHA and Ontario Shores, more will be popping up in the next year.
Recovery colleges, or mental health and well-being learning centres, are gathering steam in communities across Canada. These learning centres focused on mental health and well-being are based on a tested model from the UK, where 85 such colleges have been created since 2009.
In Canada, today, recovery colleges offer a new twist on the UK model. Here, these welcoming in-person learning centres are called by many different names. But whether they are called Recovery College, Learning Centre, Well-being Centre or Discovery College, they are all about empowerment through education.
Everyone is welcome
These centres are designed to be supportive learning environments, where you are welcome, whatever your mental health goals. You may have a mental illness, or a mental health problem, including a substance use issue, and you may be on a personal recovery journey. Or maybe you support someone who is.
You may be looking for skills to enhance your self-care or your overall sense of well-being. Or maybe you need to develop a little confidence in facing life’s challenges. Whatever your reason, you might just find the right course for you. And you will find an empowering learning environment where the people are genuine, and the knowledge is practical.