New prospectus out now

New prospectus out now

New prospectus out now

About the Leeds Recovery College

Our current courses are online and home learning only (but it’s just for a little while). We’re looking forward to re-introducing physical face-to-face courses in 2021, but in the meantime we’ve adapted some of our favourite courses, which you can take part in, at home.


Leeds Recovery College opened in 2019 and delivers a range of education and training courses that have been specifically designed to increase awareness and understanding of mental health, wellbeing and personal recovery.

Our courses are open to all adults who live, work or study in Leeds and you don’t need to be referred to the college to book on a course. Simply enrol on the course or workshop that is of interest to you.


‘Although the college is designed and run by people with lived and professional experience of mental health services, we operate the same as any college or adult learning centre would. Your GP or health worker may recommend us to you, but they cannot refer you.

We pride ourselves in treating everyone as a student and you will have equality with all students that attend a course, regardless of if you access mental health services or not, have a diagnosis or not, are a health professional, carer or someone who would simply like to improve your personal mental health knowledge.

We believe that good mental health is important to everyone and that we can all play a part in improving our own mental health and contributing to that of others.’


Our courses are co-designed and then co-facilitated by people who have experienced their own mental health challenges, who deliver our training alongside health  professionals, training and education providers to ensure that both a personal and professional perspective are equally valued in the design and delivery of our courses.


‘Courses aren’t therapy, they are based in education and the recovery college does not replace a clinical or therapeutic intervention. What’s important is that we provide a positive learning approach in which we all share knowledge and are able to reflect on our own health and experiences’.


We offer a range of workshops and courses which include; improving awareness of different mental health themes, holistic and complementary approaches, such as creativity, mindfulness and meditation. Workshops that focus on key emotions, such as stress, anxiety and self-esteem, as well as problem solving and physical health interventions.

Typically, our courses are free to attend and we keep it simple (you won’t hear any jargon from us) but they are packed full of useful information and handy tips, which we hope will make a difference to you in your life, work or study.


Julie, a co-facilitator with Leeds Recovery College shares her experience in this video.

‘Having been involved with Recovery College as a student, and later as a facilitator, I believe passionately in the ethos of shared learning through lived experience and testimony. The format is not teacher-driven but people working together to move forward to improve their mental health in a supportive and trusting environment. I feel this is where the power of the college comes from and what makes the learning so effective.’ Julie, Leeds Recovery College Co-facilitator.