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.

We are currently not offering any in-person courses. We are working on some digital alternatives, including a new online workshop! Unlike our other courses, this will not be about specific diagnoses but about exploring a range of lived experiences of mental health conditions. A group of people came together at the start of lock down in March 2020 to develop this workshop and we hope to welcome you to participate when it’s ready. 

Feedback from a pilot session we held in September 2020:

“There’s a humanity that comes through, a common humanity”

“Good conversations that will lead me to reflect”

Email Anne at anne@capsadvocacy.org or text me on 07469 660 999 for more info about this or anything to do with LEARN

If you want to join our mailing list, please contact us at learn@capsadvocacy.org

We’re looking forward to inviting people to attend our courses once it is safe to run them again. 


Our Courses:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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