Supporting others
Supporting others

What we do

We recognise that people are expert in their own recovery and wellbeing. Our FREE courses help people over the age of 18 living in Hertfordshire to manage better their wellbeing. People with a lived experience of mental and/or physical health challenges help to create and deliver our courses. The courses are focused on supporting mental health recovery and help to increase knowledge, skills and promote self-management. They are taught in a friendly and relaxed environment and allow people to connect.

What you can do

We hope that someday, everyone will promote recovery and use recovery language. It has been proven that recovery focused activities, materials and courses can enhance people's wellbeing and provide them with the skills to self-manage. You can help support others by promoting recovery focused methods. 

Promote recovery

The power of recovery language by The Academy of Professional Excellence

Recovery is unique to each person. It can overcome obstacles, build resilience and embrace all of the possibilities in life without being burdened by the labels and stigma associated with mental health diagnosis. You can learn more on our recovery page.

The Academy for Porfessional Excellence also discusses how recovery language is about creating an environment that allows all of us to be fully recognised as people. It is language that puts the human and the person before the diagnosis. You can find out more about the power of recovery language by watching their recovery language video.

Refer someone

We encourage people to enrol themselves, however we do appreciate that trying something new can be stressful, and some people may need a little support and encouragement.

If you support someone who you feel would benefit from educational courses that promote recovery and self-manage, with their consent, you can make an expression of interest on their behalf.  Please contact us with the potential student’s information and we will get in touch with them directly to discuss the college and possible learning experiences. 

Support our work

Sometimes it can be helpful to share our college timetable with a person you support.

You can link to our pages from your own websites, and you can share our articles and newsletters from our what can help section. You can also visit our press page and contact us for latest news and press to share in your own publications and websites.

You can download the latest timetable and brochure below, or you can request physical copies of our brochures, timetables, prescriptiopn pads and posters.

Suggest a course

Co-Production is at the heart of the college. The college works with experts by experience, college staff, subject experts and students (course attendees); and the college takes on board everyone's opinions and experiences and works together to produce courses and materials. This ensures that content is relevant and beneficial for all.

It can be helpful for the people you support for you to suggest specific courses that we can develop.

Although we are unable to offer personalised services and training to specific organisations and industries, we are comissioned to develop courses that help with mental health challenges. Please send us details of the type of course that would help / the challenge that the people you support are facing, and we will do our best to support your request. If you are an expert in the field that you are recommending, you may also be able to get involved with co-producing or writing the course. Please get in touch with us to discuss.


Can I enrol someone on their behalf?

Yes. You can enrol them online, download and send us a paper application form or contact us wih the individuals details. 

Can I request information about someone I have referred?

All information we hold about our students is confidential. Therefore, we are unable to provide details about attendance or experience to anyone other than the individual themselves.

Certain circumstances may be considered and will need to be discussed with the development manager directly.

Can I attend a course with someone I am supporting?

Yes. However, for safety reasons, we are limited to the number of students we can have in any one class. As such, we require all attendees, even those who are not participating, to book onto the course.

Do you offer taster sessions?

The college does not offer taster sessions. All of our seminars are 45 minutes and our courses are all short-courses, typically lasting around three hours per session; as such we encourage you to attend or promote attendance to the main courses that we offer. 

Do you offer tailored courses, training or services

The college does not offer tailored courses, training or servcies. However, we do supply a powerpoint presentation for those who wish to promote our services on our behalf. For those looking for training, we encourage you to browse the website, attend some of our courses and use your personal experience to promote the college. If you have any questions, please get in contact.



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Information sessions for GP's and HPFT Staff

Does your role involve helping people with their mental health and wellbeing?

If you work at a GP surgery or within HPFT, you can join our free information exchange sessions and discover how we can help you in your role.

Contact Louisa Whorrod for more information about the sessions and next available dates.

Employment and development opportunities

Long-term unemployment or losing a job can evoke difficult emotions, such as feeling useless or unwanted; which could lead to poor mental health. Conversely, having a job or taking up meaningful activities gives a person a purpose, aids creativity and critical thinking, promotes independence and allows them to develop social contacts, not to mention providing an income; all of which can contribute to improved mental health and wellbeing.

However, poor mental health, inability to cope with pressure or stress and lack of self-esteem can reduce someone’s motivation to apply for or retain work or voluntary opportunities.

If you are supporting someone to enter into employment, some of the courses below may help.

  • Employment and self-management
  • Employment: the pros and cons to telling your employer about your health challenges
  • Self-acceptance, self-compassion and self-care courses
  • Daring to dream
  • Learning for wellbeing
  • Building opportunities
  • Understanding stress, anxiety and depression
  • Mindfulness, art and creative writing courses
  • Understanding and overcoming stigma
  • Building healthy relationships

For those students who are ready to further their development, we offer our student development programme, which aims to foster optimism, create meaningful goals, develops personal resilience and gain new skills, experience and knowledge to support their aspirations in life.


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Supporting someone with specific goals and aspirations

If you support someone with specific goals and aspirations, our courses may help their success. Mental health and wellbeing can affect a person’s motivation and concentration, as well as energy levels and physical ability to succeed. Our courses, seminars and workshops can help people with their mental health recovery, and gives people the practical skills to manage stress, anxiety and depression, improve their self-esteem and increase their motivation to seek opportunities to reach their goals; whatever they may be! 

Please read more below about how you can support people with their goals. The presentation below has general information about our the college and our courses, which you can download and tailor to your your own needs.

Mental health for university students

With higher fees, the pressure to succeed, increased competition for jobs and peer pressure around campus, students are under more stress than ever before. According to website ‘save the student’, reports show that one in four students experience mental health challenges whilst at university. In addition, many report that the biggest concern for students is body image and eating well.

However, there is support available. Our courses are available for anyone living in Hertfordshire aged 18+ and help people with their confidence, self-esteem, employability, stress, anxiety and depression. We are also developing a course to help people develop a healthy body image. 

Below are a number of materials you can download to support students to attend the college. You can also direct them to our dedicated page about mental health for students

Request materialsVisit page


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Physical health, fitness, weight-control and positive body image

Physical wellbeing contributes to how people feel emotionally and it’s important that people look after their physical health to aid mental health.

However, maintaining good mental health is a big part of some people’s journey to a healthier body. For some, low self-esteem, low confidence, busy lifestyle and guilt become a barrier to success. For others, poor sleep and / or poor self-care routines can affect energy levels and make it harder for someone to stay motivated to become physically healthier.

Our courses, seminars and workshops  can help people with their mental health recovery; and give them time to reflect and the practical skills to build upon their strengths and reach their goals.

Courses which help people build their self-esteem and motivation could aid the success of fitness programmes, weight-control and positive body imaage. Courses which may be suitable include:

  • Self-compassion for everyday living,
  • Practicing self-care
  • Acceptance and recovery
  • Five ways to wellbeing
  • Having a positive body image (new course released soon)
  • Living with a long-term physical health need

and more


If you’re supporting someone who is looking to make changes to their lifestyle, please feel free to distribute our brochures, timetables or content below:

Developing a positive body image
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Small steps for being active
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Weight control
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BLOG: Uplifiting myself thinner - how I intend to lose weight by addressing my mental healthPDF: Positivee body image course poster (to come)

Support for parents, carers and those supporting others

Parenting and supporting others with health challenges can be a big role in people’s lives. For some, it can be a full time job and their extra responsibilities can make it harder for them to take care of themselves. Extra stress, worry and anxiety may also affect a person’s wellbeing and energy levels, and they may experience feelings of guilt and loss of identity.

On the other end of the scale, some people support others in a professional capacity, such as those who work in health and social care roles.

Our curriculum teaches people self-management strategies and courses that touch upon how to care for themselves whilst still supporting others. Topics of interest to those supporting others may include

  • Building healthy relationships and setting boundaries
  • Self-care routines and sleep hygiene, acceptance and recovery and self-compassion
  • Caring for others
  • Living with a long-term physical health need
  • Understanding stress, anxiety and depression


If you support carers, parents and / or children and siblings who are supporting  people with physical or mental health challenges, our courses may benefit them. You can download our brochure, timetable and supporting leaflet below.  

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PDF: Caring for someone with long-term physical health need poster (to come)

Supporting men

Societal expectations and traditional gender roles are affecting how men respond to poor mental wellbeing.

There are expectations about how they should behave and notions around what it is to be “masculine”. Although the stigma is changing, on the whole, many men feel unable to speak openly about their emotions, as they feel society teaches them that opening up about mental health is a sign of weakness. Furthermore, pressure and poor mental health has increased, exasperated by COVID-19, and men now face job losses, money worries, stress, anxiety and depression, as well as poorer physical heath and exhaustion. These complex factors combined have led to a year on year increase in deaths by suicide, of which 75% were among men.

However, we argue that there is hope! Talking is not a sign of weakness - it takes courage! And we are seeking support to spread the message that men do not need to stay ‘strong and silent'; and that it is OK seek support! To spread the message that men are not alone. There are a number of support services available, and campaigns like the men’s health week.

What can also help is if people take control of their mental health right now, by learning recovery techniques and equip themselves with the skills to look after their wellbeing; which our courses, like the five ways to wellbeing and men’s health can do.

Moreover, a big help is a change in mind-set. We offer some reflective questions for those who find it tricky to ask for support, and encourage men to see how other men are talking about their wellbeing challenges, such as by reading Geoff’s story, listening to Roderick’s testimonial or watching this video of men talking about mental health on national news.

Our men's health campaign page under our what can help section has more infromation There are a number of resources and other men's health groups supporting people with their mental health; such as Herts Viewpoint, Hertfordshire Mind, Stevenage FC and WatfordFC
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Supporting women

More information to come

Supporting LGBTQ+

More information to come