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People with mental health problems in Lincolnshire can access free courses designed to encourage self-care and awareness through the NHS led Lincolnshire Recovery College.

The Recovery College aims to help people recover from mental illness by using an educational based approach, it can enable people to recognise and develop their personal resourcefulness in order to become experts in their self-care, make informed choices and do the things they want to in life.

The college, managed by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), was set up in 2014 and runs courses across the county.

Lincolnshire’s Recovery College is one of the few recovery colleges in the UK developing strong partnerships with further education colleges such as Boston, Grantham, Stamford and Lincoln College.

There are several enrolment dates taking place across the county later this year and one will be in Stamford.

It will launch on Thursday, September 13, and will be run hourly starting at 2pm with the final session at 7pm.

Service development manager Karen Atkin explained that it’s not just people with mental health issues who can benefit from the courses.

“Our ethos is hope, control and opportunity and although the Recovery College is primarily aimed at people experiencing mental health issues; family members, carers, members of the public, college staff and students can also enrol.

"We have a great range of courses from mindfulness and living with stress and anxiety, to mental health resilience and living well,” she explained.

“Hosting the courses in an academic setting rather than in the NHS helps reduce stigma of mental health problems, and allows those enrolled to attend as just students.”

To find out more information, or to enquire about the Recovery College, e-mail recoverycollege@lpft.nhs.uk or go to www.lpft.nhs.uk/recovery-college

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