Have you heard of the Western Sydney Recovery College? They offer free courses (as well as some paid) in a range of topics for people with lived experience of mental health concerns, their carers, family or friends, as well as workers, volunteers and community members, who live or work in the Western Sydney Local Health District area.
Some of the new courses now open for enrolment include:
- Introduction to Self-Advocacy
- Self-Advocacy Skills
- Being a Peer Advocate
- Effective Communication Skills
- Presentation skills training
These courses are very useful for people who might want, but currently struggle, to have their views, ideas and perspectives heard and listened to.
“The Skills for Life stream features an advocacy journey. Learn about what self-advocacy is, practice self-advocacy skills, learn about how you can become a peer advocate and develop presentation skills to take your mental health advocacy to the next level.
So what is self-advocacy? It is a concept that is difficult to sum up in a few words, but a simple definition is that it is about being able to speak up for yourself and what you need, and developing skills to support this action. It is more than self-confidence and assertiveness, although these are part of it too.”
You can find out more or register for the courses here
A note from Western Sydney Recovery College before you enrol: We are required to provide our services to people who live/work/study or provide services in the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) area. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, please check Who can attend recovery college. If your address is outside of WSLHD area but you study or provide services within the Western Sydney LHD, please ensure you respond to the relevant question on the enrolment form to explain your connection to the area.
For information about other courses and the Western Sydney Recovery College, visit Western Sydney Recovery College