Valuing Lived Experience; Recovery Education for Everyone

REDS Recovery College is a free service for our patients, carers and staff to help improve their health and wellbeing, gaining positive feelings about today and confidence in their future.

At REDS Recovery College we offer recovery-focused educational courses to help students better understand mental health issues, learn self-management techniques and gain skills to give them better hopes for the future.

We offer education, not therapy, and focus on talents, not people’s challenges. Our courses are designed and delivered with input from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. 

REDS Recovery College prospectus

Download our prospectus, and see the overview of our courses

REDS Recovery College Prospectus digital version REDS Complete set of course overview

Our courses

Current courses include: 

  • An Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion
  • Finding Hope
  • Labels Belong on Tins Not on People
  • What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
  • Discovery of Recovery
  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Basic Life Support

Lived Experience

We involve people with ‘lived experience’ of mental health challenges in designing our courses. 

Many lead our courses as a ‘Peer Trainer', who have personal insight of mental health challenges. This way, each course is centred on real life experience.

How REDS is unique

Our workshops and courses are not focused on analysing and assessing individuals, but educating and empowering them.

Courses are open to carers, patients and staff, removing ‘us’ and ‘them’ labels and creating a rich learning environment based on respect and equality.

What we offer

REDS Recovery College believes in helping our students to reach their full potential.  Our courses are open to patients, carers and staff at St Andrew’s, free of charge and members of the public can contact us to find out about our courses in the community. If you are looking for hope, inspiration and achievement you have picked the right place.  To apply, contact us at