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UK's First Recovery College Opens in South West London

Published Date: 17 September 2010

A pioneering new college aimed at empowering people with mental health problems to be experts in their own recovery, live well and make the most of their skills and talents opened in Tooting, Wandsworth on 20th September by South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust.

The main college building is on the Springfield Hospital Site, but courses will be offered in locations across South West London.

Trust CEO Judy Wilson said:

"We are really proud to be able to say that people in South West London are the first in the UK to have access to this kind of facility. We hope that it will be central in our work towards a society in which people with mental health problems have access to the same opportunities in life as everyone else and are able to play a full role in their local communities."

Courses, which are delivered by mental health professionals as well as former service users, range from teaching people about specific mental health conditions and approaches to managing them to courses aimed at supporting people into employment.  Courses are also open to staff and carers (including family and friends). There is a registration process to follow.

The college will also be central to training staff in their roles and providing development for them.

Courses are all free and the main college building also offers a comprehensive library of resources relevant to supporting recovery.

For further information please download the PDF icon Recovery College prospectus 2011 (PDF, 145KB)

For details about registering for a course, email:, or call: 0208 682 5818

Notes to editors:

Photographs are available on request and The Trust would be happy to show journalists and photographers around the site and facilitate interviews with Trust staff and people taking courses at the college.
For further information please contact:

Alison Brumfitt, Head of Communications
on 020 8682 6477 or via email