REACH Recovery College

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The REACH Recovery College runs a wide range of courses, workshops and activities to help you better understand your mental health and learn strategies to manage it better. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, low mood or a similar mental health condition, the team can support you with your wellbeing and on your road to recovery.

You don’t need a diagnosis or a referral to come to REACH. Register below and we will get in touch, or keep reading for more information.

Going to REACH gives me a reason to get out of the house and then I have more energy to deal with things at home when I get back.

REACH is a safe and supportive learning environment where you can meet others going through similar issues and share your experiences with people who understand what it’s like to live with a mental health condition. Our courses and workshops are all completely free.

Changes to the REACH Recovery College Programme (2024)

The new Recovery Program contains three modules: Understanding, Managing, and Maintenance. Each module consists of 5 weekly sessions, carefully developed to build upon each other and support you at every stage of your recovery journey.
Members are not required to complete all three modules consecutively and can choose to engage with each module as they feel ready, with a six-month period between repeats to encourage new learning and experiences. We will be introducing the program at all REACH venues over the next few months.

View our timetable below, or find out more about these changes by clicking here.

Our Timetable

If you are a member currently booked onto a course, and you can no longer attend your session, please inform a member of staff at the earliest opportunity possible.

Courses & Workshops

Module One – Understanding (5 weeks)

• What is Mental Health? What is Recovery?
• Understanding Anxiety, low mood and depression
• The Fight/flight/freeze/fawn responses – Brain and Body Connection
• Neuroscience and the Nervous System
• Going forward with new awareness and an introduction to Module two –

Monday 8th April 10am – 12pm Rochford
Wednesday 10th April 10am – 12pm Canvey
Thursday 23rd May 1:30pm – 3:30pm Westcliff
Friday 24th May 10am – 12pm Rayleigh

Module Two – Managing (5 Weeks)

• Anxiety Management Tools & Techniques
• Introduction to Self-Compassion and Journaling
• Healthy Sleep Habits
• Introduction to Mindfulness
• Grounding techniques and introduction to Module three – ‘Maintenance’

Monday 20th May 10am – 12pm Rochford
Wednesday 22nd May 10am – 12pm Canvey

Module Three – Maintenance (5 Weeks)

• Routine, Physical Wellbeing, Food and Mental Health
• Boundaries and Healthy Relationships
• Recognising Strengths and Achievements and Protective Factors
• Resilience and Self Compassion
• Moving Forward – Your Next Steps and What’s in the Community

Dates coming soon Starting from July

Understanding Anxiety – 3 weeks

Learn about the stress response in our bodies and anxious thoughts in our minds, and how they can affect our quality of life. We also explore some practical techniques and different thinking strategies to help you cope.

Thursday 11th April 2024 7pm – 8pm Online
Tuesday 28th May 2024 7pm – 8pm Online

Anxiety Tools & Techniques Workshop

Looking at the different tools & techniques we can use to help with managing anxiety. How anxiety presents and simple tools to manage it.

Thursday 21st March 2024 7pm – 8pm Online

Confidence & Self Esteem Workshop

What is the difference between Self Confidence & Self Esteem,
what factors have impact them, and what can we do to start working on improving both? This session can be attended as a taster for the 4-week Confidence Building course or to refresh knowledge

Saturday 18th May 1pm – 3pm Westcliff

Process of Change – 5 weeks

A course exploring change and how it can affect us as individuals. We discuss the ‘Stages of Change’ model and how to approach making positive changes in our lives and what to do when we have setbacks.

Tuesday 9th April 2024 1pm – 3pm Thundersley

Dealing With Panic Attacks Workshop

Covering: Why do people have panic attacks, The panic cycle, triggers, thoughts, and feelings, exercises to help during an attack, long term strategies to help prevent attacks

Saturday 13th April 2024 1pm – 3pm Thundersley

Healthy Sleep Habits Workshop

We explore seven ‘Sleep Hygiene’ tips to provide ideas for changes that can be made to promote better sleep.

Saturday 4th May 2024 1pm – 3pm Rochford
Tuesday 14th May 2024 1- 3pm Thundersley
Saturday 15th June 2024 1pm – 3pm Westcliff

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop

Mindfulness is about being present, in the moment, noticing your experience of the now. In this workshop we look at how we can use Mindfulness in our daily lives.

Saturday 27th April 2024 1pm – 3pm Shoebury
Saturday 1st June 1pm – 3pm Rochford

Labrinth Workshop

Discover the ancient path of the labyrinth for stress relief and self-reflection, learn a little about the history of the labyrinth and how they are used across the world and then experience walking the mindful path for yourself!

Friday 10th May 2024 10am – 12pm Shoebury
Saturday 22nd June 1pm – 3pm Shoebury

Managing Low Mood – 6 Weeks

A six week course including: What is the difference between Depression and Low Mood, and what are our protective factors? How food, physical activity & sleep can affect mood. Becoming aware of our thinking patterns. Core beliefs and Self compassion

Friday 12th April 10am – 12pm Rayleigh
Tuesday 16th April 7pm – 8pm Online

Mindfulness Course – 4 Weeks

Over the next 4 weeks, we shall be exploring what Mindfulness is and how Mindfulness Meditation can improve our mental and physical health by incorporating the practice of Meditation into our daily lives

Friday 22nd March 2024 10am – 12pm Shoebury
Tuesday 21st May 2024 1pm – 3pm Thundersley

My Wellbeing Journal – 4 Weeks

Journaling is an important tool in your recovery, it allows you to track your mood and stress triggers. In the course we explore different approaches to journaling that helps you to find something that fits you.

Friday 12th April 2024 10am – 12pm Shoebury

Positive Communication – 3 Weeks

A course focusing on understanding our different communication styles and how we can more effectively communicate with others and behave more assertively.

Thursday 30th May 2024 7pm – 8pm Online

Positive Thinking Workshop

How can we start thinking more positively? We look at how to recognise our achievements, skills and strengths as well as how to re-evaluate more negative thoughts.

Tuesday 9th April 2024 7pm – 8pm Online
Saturday 20th April 2024 1pm – 3pm Westcliff
Saturday 8th June 2024 1pm – 3pm Thundersley

Resilience Workshop

What is resilience and how can you build your resilience muscle? Learn about the 4 S’s of resilience and how having a new perspective can be helpful as well as build healthy coping mechanisms and routines

Saturday 23rd March 2024 1pm – 3pm Westcliff
Wednesday 27th March 2024 10am – 12pm Canvey
Saturday 11th May 2024 1pm – 3pm Thundersley
Saturday 29th June 2024 1pm – 3pm Rochford

Many other groups and courses are available to view in the downloadable pdf timetable.

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