The recovery college model first emerge in from America. The first recovery college was set up in Arizona in 2000.
The model arrived in UK in 2010 and there are now over 30 recovery colleges across the country. The purpose of a recovery college is to support people's recovery from mental health difficulties through learning and education that is co-produced by people with lived experience and people with professional expertise.
Recovery colleges aim to provide a safe place for people to learn new skills (and expand on existing skills) together, which helps to increase their connection with others, and their sense of control over their lives.
Emphasis is placed on people's talents and strengths, with the aim of inspiring optimism. Students are encouraged to consider their opportunities for the future, creating a culture of personal empowerment and an underlying feeling of hope.