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First Steps to Recovery

A series of seven mini lectures that cover the essential building blocks for mental health recovery at Solent Recovery College.

Course overview

The course introduces the concept of recovery in mental health, and offers an opportunity to explore your own attitudes and beliefs towards your journey to better mental health. 

Across seven mini lectures, students will look at the major factors for achieving good wellbeing through:

  • Sleep
  • Stress Less
  • Food & Mood
  • Communication
  • Medication
  • Problem Solving
  • Balanced Lifestyle
Learning Objectives

First Steps to Recovery: Sleep

All students will be able to:

  • Relate topic with own recovery journey.
  • Understand the importance of sleep and how it relates to them as individuals.
  • Identify what issues they have surrounding sleep and how they can improve their sleep.

Most students will be able to:

  • Make a sleep hygiene plan.
  • Understand how different mental health issues can affect sleep.
  • Understand how sleep can affect our wellbeing.

Some students will be able to:

  • Utilise sleep hygiene plan.



First Steps to Recovery: Stress Less

All students will be able to:

  • Understand signs and symptoms of stress.
  • List how stress affects your life / or the person you are supporting.

Most students will be able to:

  • List 3 ways to reduce / manage stress for you / or the person you are supporting.

Some students will be able to:

  • Identify 1 thing you can do today to apply your learning to your own recovery or supporting someone else’s.



First Steps to Recovery: Food & Mood

All students will be able to:

  • Add to their wellness plans.
  • Understand the importance of a healthy diet in relation to their mental functioning.

Most students will be able to:

  • Feel comfortable sharing some information about their lifestyle.
  • Think about their own diet and what changes they can make in relation to this.

Some students will be able to:

  • Explore ways to learn more about food and mood.



First Steps to Recovery: Communication

All students will be able to:

  • Recognise different types of behaviour in relation to how we communicate.
  • Recognise our rights to be assertive.

Most students will be able to:

  • Gain some basic skills to improve communication.

Some students will be able to:

  • Plan the development and implementation of effective communication skills.



First Steps to Recovery: Medication

All students will be able to:

    • Understand the importance of talking to their doctor about their experience with medications.
    • List two of the medication families.

    Most students will be able to:

    • Outline how medication works.

    Some students will be able to:

    • Apply some learning from the course to their own experience.



    First Steps to Recovery: Problem Solving

    All students will be able to:

    • Identify what affects people’s ability to problem solve.
    • Explore problem solving techniques.

    Most students will be able to:

    • Learn a technique to problem solve effectively.
    • Apply a problem solving technique to their individual problems.

    Some students will be able to:

    • Help others use problem solving techniques.



    First Steps to Recovery: Balanced Lifestyle

    All students will be able to:

    • Describe what we mean by balanced lifestyle.
    • Identify our own current lifestyle balance.

    Most students will be able to:

    • Examine what impacts our ability to live a balanced life.
    • Explore short term solutions to long term problems.

    Some students will be able to:

    • Practice Goal Setting.

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