Recovery college launched

People living in Northumberland can now access more help and information following the launch of a new service by the region’s mental health and disability care provider.

Positive Pathways Northumberland is a recovery college which will deliver innovative free courses to help people experiencing mental health problems, and is being run by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW).

NTW senior occupational therapist Lynsey Martin said: “Living with or caring for someone with a mental health condition can be extremely challenging so this new recovery college for Northumberland will give people a safe place to learn, connect with other people and develop skills.

“Everyone needs to feel supported and understood so our free courses have been developed and will be facilitated by a mix of people with lived experiences and those who are interested in recovery.

“We want all our students to feel empowered to understand and manage their condition and find a course which can help with their recovery pathway; from mental illness, substance misuse, trauma or distress.”

To promote these courses NTW has launched the first prospectus for autumn 2015 for courses in venues across the county.

There are already two NTW Recovery Colleges across the North East, in Sunderland and one in Newcastle, which offer a safe and supportive environment for those with mental health issues and their carers.

Download a copy of the 2015 prospectus by visiting, or email for more information.