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Recovery : Training Module

Introduction: Recovery

We are delighted to introduce this module as a stand-alone course, designed to empower individuals and communities to better understand and support those on their journey to mental health recovery. Developed to build upon the successful Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) program, this comprehensive three hour course focuses on providing you with the tools and resources to navigate this complex process and create a supportive environment for individuals on the road to recovery.

Throughout this course, you will explore the key principles of mental health recovery, including hope, empowerment, self-determination, and the importance of social connections. We will examine the various stages of recovery and the unique challenges faced at each point. You will also learn effective strategies to provide encouragement and assistance, including active listening, empathic communication, and self-care practices for both the individual in recovery and the caregiver.

What is: Recovery?

Mental health recovery is a process through which individuals with mental health challenges work to improve their well-being, build resilience, and achieve their personal goals. Recovery does not necessarily mean the complete absence of symptoms or a return to a previous state of being; rather, it is an ongoing journey that focuses on personal growth, self-empowerment, and finding ways to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life despite any mental health challenges.

Recovery may involve various therapeutic interventions, such as psychotherapy, medication, and support groups, as well as lifestyle changes and self-care strategies. The process of recovery can be nonlinear, with ups and downs, and individuals may face setbacks or encounter new challenges along the way. Nevertheless, embracing the concept of recovery can help individuals with mental health challenges find hope, build resilience, and work towards a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

The Problem: Common attitudes towards Mental Health Recovery


Stigma and discrimination

Some individuals harbour prejudices against those with mental health issues, often due to a lack of understanding or misinformation. This can result in marginalisation, isolation, and limited opportunities for those in recovery.


Some people may doubt the effectiveness of mental health treatments and interventions, or question whether recovery is genuinely possible. This attitude can create barriers for those seeking help and support.

Overemphasis on personal responsibility

Some individuals may believe that mental health challenges are solely the result of personal choices or character flaws, and that those experiencing these issues should "pull themselves together" or "snap out of it" without external support.

Invalidation of lived experiences

Some people may dismiss or minimise the experiences of those with mental health challenges, suggesting that their struggles are not "real" or that they are exaggerating their symptoms for attention or personal gain.

Fear and avoidance

Mental health issues can be intimidating for some people, leading to fear and avoidance of those experiencing such challenges. This can further isolate those in recovery and hinder their progress.

Pessimism and hopelessness

Some individuals may hold a negative outlook on mental health recovery, assuming that those with mental health challenges will never fully recover or lead fulfilling lives. This can create a self-fulfilling prophecy, as individuals in recovery may internalise these beliefs and lose hope in their ability to heal.

Negative & damaging attitudes towards Mental Health Recovery are common: There's something you can do for yourself, your friends, your family and your colleagues...

Recovery: Why should you undertake this training?

By participating in this stand-alone Recovery module, you will gain valuable insight into the intricacies of mental health recovery and develop a deeper understanding of the support systems that can contribute to the well-being of individuals experiencing mental health challenges. This course will enable you to become a compassionate and effective mental health ally, fostering a more resilient and supportive community for all.


Improved understanding

The Recovery module provides comprehensive knowledge about mental health recovery, helping participants develop a deeper understanding of the process, its challenges, and the importance of support systems

Enhanced empathy

The module fosters empathy and compassion towards individuals experiencing mental health challenges, encouraging participants to become more understanding and sensitive to their needs

Effective communication

Participants learn valuable communication techniques, such as active listening and empathic responding, to better support those in recovery and facilitate open, honest conversations about mental health

Identification of support strategies

The Recovery module equips participants with practical strategies to offer assistance and encouragement to those in recovery, fostering a more supportive environment

Early intervention

Participants gain the ability to identify early signs of mental health challenges, enabling them to provide timely support and potentially prevent further escalation of symptoms

Reducing stigma

The module helps break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues by promoting awareness, understanding, and open dialogue, contributing to a more inclusive society

Self-care and well-being

The course emphasises the importance of self-care for both the individual in recovery and the caregiver, helping participants learn to prioritise their own well-being while supporting others

Building resilience

By learning about mental health recovery, participants can develop greater resilience and coping strategies for dealing with life's challenges, both for themselves and those they support

Personal and professional growth

Gaining expertise in mental health recovery can enhance one's personal and professional life, as participants can apply their newfound skills in various settings, such as at home, work, or in volunteer capacities

The Good news: There is a training module which will enhance your understanding, and foster empathy and support for those experiencing mental health challenges

Three Hour Module: Recovery

Embark on an empowering journey with the “Recovery” module, a comprehensive and insightful course crafted to equip you with the skills and understanding needed to become a compassionate mental health advocate. In today’s fast-paced world, mental health challenges are more prevalent than ever, making it crucial for individuals and communities to stand together in support of those on the path to recovery. By participating in this stand-alone module, you will gain the expertise needed to make a positive impact on the lives of those facing mental health challenges, and help create a more inclusive, supportive environment for all.

The “Recovery” module delves into the essential principles of mental health recovery, providing you with the tools to recognise early signs of mental health challenges, effectively communicate with empathy, and offer practical support strategies. As you learn about the importance of hope, empowerment, and self-determination in the recovery process, you will become an invaluable resource for those seeking assistance and encouragement. Embrace this opportunity to contribute to the well-being of your community and inspire a lasting change in the way we understand and approach mental health in Scotland.

What does the “Recovery” Module Cover?


Understanding mental health recovery

Focusses on the foundational principles of mental health recovery, its stages, and the unique challenges faced by individuals at each stage

Hope and empowerment

Participants explore the importance of fostering hope, empowerment, and self-determination in the recovery process, enabling them to provide effective encouragement and support

Communication and active listening

This section emphasises the development of empathic communication skills, including active listening and responding, to facilitate open and honest conversations about mental health

Identifying early warning signs

Participants learn to recognise early signs of mental health challenges, allowing for timely intervention and support to potentially prevent further escalation of symptoms

Practical support strategies

This area equips participants with an array of strategies to provide assistance, encouragement, and resources for individuals on their journey to mental health recovery

Self-care and well-being for supporters

The module highlights the significance of self-care for both the individual in recovery and the caregiver, offering guidance on maintaining personal well-being while providing support to others

How does the "Recovery" module work?


The module takes 3 Hours,  providing a focussed and comprehensive learning experience.

Small Group Sizes

Classes, of 8-16, are kept small to facilitate personalised attention, encourage active participation, and foster a supportive learning environment.

Interactive Learning

The course features a mix of presentations, group discussions, case studies, videos, and role-playing exercises to ensure a practical, hands-on learning experience.


Instructors maintain a safe and confidential space for participants to share their experiences and ask questions without judgment.

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Why Train with Green Ribbons?

Unraveling the Threads of Mental Well-being

Green Ribbons is dedicated to delivering high-quality Mental Health First Aid training in Scotland, empowering individuals to recognise mental health challenges, provide support, and foster a culture of empathy and understanding. By tying together knowledge, empathy, and resilience our accessible mental health training promotes understanding, reduces stigma, and enables individuals, businesses and communities to prioritise mental well-being. Everyone benefits from Mental Health Awareness Training

Our Experience
  • 30 Years working within the Mental Health sector
  • Experience across a range of Third-Sector Organisations
Our Specialties
  • Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)
  • Tailored SMHFA Training
  • Individual Mental Health Awareness Modules
  • One-to-one Training & Coaching
Our Approach
  • Empathy & compassion
  • Inclusive
  • Evidence-based and up-to-date
Our Areas
  • Moray
  • Highland
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  • …across Scotland

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