Resilience for well-being and recovery – Friday 23 March 2018 – Blackpool Resilience Forum

Resilience for well-being and recovery – Friday 23 March 2018 – Blackpool Resilience Forum

Topic:  Building resilience for well-being and recovery: what we learnt from co-producing a mental health recovery college course – Josh Cameron, University of Brighton

Date:  Friday 23 March 2018

Time: 2.00-4.00pm (informal networking from 4:00-5:00pm)

Location:  The Solaris Centre, New South Promenade, Blackpool FY4 1RW

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Summary:  The mental health Recovery College course was co-developed by peer trainers, practitioners and an academic. Peer trainers are people with lived experience of mental health problems trained as tutors by a mental health Recovery College. We used the Resilience Framework to help design the course alongside our personal, practice and research expertise. It aimed to increase people’s resilience to respond to mental health challenges using people’s inner strengths and support around them.

We evaluated the course qualitatively (eg using interviews) and quantitatively (eg resilience scales). Findings suggest our collaborative approach, drawing on social learning theory, can effectively support resilience building. In contrast to the ‘pull your socks up’ approach to resilience, our course helped people recognise that resilience to cope with challenges comes from outside support as well as from developing inner strengths. So by the end of the course many learners saw asking for help as a resilient move not a sign of weakness. In resilient theory speak we see this as moving from an individual to an ecological understanding of resilience. In line with our social-justice view of resilience, there was also evidence of some learners challenging the adversities they faced in their lives rather than simply trying to adapt to them.

Biography:  Josh Cameron worked as an occupational therapist in mental health services before becoming a University of Brighton lecturer. He became interested in resilience while researching return-to-work experiences of workers with mental health problems for his PhD. He is a member of the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice research centre at the University of Brighton, and Boingboing. He has recently become involved in Blackpool’s ‘Resilience Revolution’ collaborating in leading the research helping us to learn from what we are doing and to share what we find out about building resilient communities with the rest of the world.

Who might be most interested:  Academics, practitioners, researchers, students, parents, carers, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people, service users, people with lived experience of mental health problems.

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Travel Information: For details of where to find The Solaris Centre please see this Google Map (external link). The Solaris Centre is conveniently located on Blackpool’s New South Promenade close to motorway connections and within a few minutes walking distance of Blackpool Pleasure Beach railway station. The centre is also well served by public transport routes including buses and trams. There is a small car park with additional free parking on the side streets along with pay and display parking on the Promenade. There are cycle racks provided at the front and rear and the nearest bus and tram stops are close by. The Solaris Centre is all on one floor with level access throughout.

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