LEARN – Education As Advocacy

LEARN provides free mental health courses to anyone who works or lives in the NHS Lothian area.
Our courses are designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health issues and are based on what collective advocacy groups say is important to them. 


Our Other Courses:

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Our newest offering is called Exploring Experiences of Psychosis.

The Experiences of Psychosis collective advocacy group have developed a unique day-long workshop which uses creative expressions to provide an opportunity for shared learning and discussion on what it’s like to experience psychosis.

Our next course runs on Wednesday 27th November – registration an coffee at 9.30 pm at our Argyle House office. Please email us at learn@capsadvocacy.org by Monday 18th November to book your place. 

Seen But Not Heard: Understanding Eating Disorders.

This is a half day session by the Eating Disorder collective advocacy group which helps participants understand a little of the experience of people with a range of eating disorders and gives them the opportunity to think about how they can help people they know and themselves. Our next course runs on Tuesday 12 November – FULLY BOOKED!

Much More Than A Label: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder.

This is a 2 day course based on a big piece of research the Personality Disorder group did a few years ago about what the experiences of people who get this diagnosis are, what they consider helpful from services and others and what can get in the way of them recovering. Our next course will be in January 2020 – to find out when, please email us  learn@capsadvocacy.org to join our mailing list. 



Changing Times, Changing Minds

a history of mental health in Scotland, particularly in the Lothians, from the perspective of people with lived experience. It draws on the Oor Mad History project which is a community history of the user movement and collective advocacy in the Lothians. We also draw on the work of other survivor/service user activism. We then go on to look to the future of what we would like society’s responses to mental distress to be. We finish off by thinking what we can do now to make that future more likely.


Working With Our Experiences

the only course that is only open for people with lived experience – this course is less of a course and more of a space for people to think about the different experiences they might want to draw on to make a difference – in peer support work, in creative work such as writing or art, in collective advocacy, in delivering training or awareness sessions… It runs over 6 weeks and is semi-structured as we respond to the interests and needs of the group.  


We are also about to start developing a new course which will be a general introduction to mental health in the same vein as our existing courses. Get in touch with Anne anne@capsadvocacy.org if you want to find out more. 



If you want to book a place on any of our courses, please contact Julie or Anne at learn@capsadvocacy.org or call us on 07910 021 537 giving your contact email address and tell us in which part of Edinburgh/Lothians you live/work.

If your team or group are interested in having one of our educators visit your team to explain more about LEARN courses, please get in touch with Anne on anne@capsadvocacy.org


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