We need to Thrive not just Survive.

We need to Thrive not just Survive.

To survive means to continue to live or exist in spite of danger, whereas to thrive means to grow, develop and prosper. Most of us have times in our life when we have to pass through a period of survival. But to get through the period of survival we may need support. That’s where South Western Sydney (SWS) Recover College can help.

What is a Recovery College?
A recovery college is a place for people with mental health lived experience, carers and service providers to come together to learn from each other, share their experiences, increase their understanding of mental health recovery and achieve individual aspirations and dreams. The college is open to anyone over the age of 12 years that would like to attend workshops.

How are the Courses Developed/Produced?
The South Western Sydney (SWS) Recovery College uses a collaborative approach to provide education programs that promote healing, wellbeing and self-directed recovery. Initial development was led by a Steering Committee comprising mental health professionals, carers and people with lived experience. This model promotes shared understanding, breaks down barriers, reduces stigma, increases understanding and support and reflects our diverse South Western Sydney community.

Who Delivers the Courses?
The courses are co-facilitated by two Peer Trainer/Tutors with a mental health lived experience or a Peer Trainer/Tutor and a mental health specialist.

Upcoming Course with SWS Recover College

Stop Surviving, Start Thriving – 5 Week Course

This course provides the fundamentals that can support a person to stop surviving and start thriving. It explores the concept of mental health recovery and wellness, regulation strategies for managing difficult emotions, provides insight in the services available within our local mental health system, explores treatment options and the importance of self-care in maintaining wellness to support a person to thrive through the recovery journey.

Topics Include:

What is Mental Health Recovery?

Managing Our Emotions

Navigating the Mental Health System

Understanding Treatments

Self-care for Wellness

OPTION ONE: Face to Face

When: Tuesdays; 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March and 4th April 2023

Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm

Where: Narellan Library, Cnr Queen & Elyard Street, Narellan; Room: Ironbark

Eligibility: For people with a lived experience, carers or service providers who reside or work within South Western Sydney.


When: Learning commences Tuesday 28th February and concludes Tuesday 4th April

Where: Self-directed via online platform catapult

Eligibility:  For people with a lived experience, carers or service providers who reside or work within South Western Sydney.

Autism Advisory & Support Service are not the contact for this course. For more information or to enroll CLICK HERE

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