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Registration for May/June 2024 now open!

Recovery Colleges were pioneered in the United States in 2000, spread to Europe in 2009, and then to Canada in recent years. Canadian Mental Health Association branches now operate 16 Recovery Colleges across the country. The Wellness & Recovery College, operated by the Windsor-Essex County Branch, opened in September 2022, welcoming students interested in focusing on personal recovery and growth in the areas of mental health and addictions, and well-being. The College is open to anyone in the community, including those with lived/living experience and their caregivers.

Wellness & Recovery College courses are co-developed by trained Peer Support Workers along with those with lived/living experience. Facilitated by a Peer Support Worker, these free courses are provided in a safe, confidential, inclusive learning environment with a focus on building hope and empowerment. The lived experience of the Peer Support Worker helps to provide guidance, fosters a culture of hope, and reveals new possibilities and opportunities for students.

The Wellness & Recovery College operates four semesters throughout the year with new courses added regularly: January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-December.

The CMHA-WECB Wellness & Recovery College is currently offering in-person classes for anyone interested in learning more about recovery and wellness. Our courses are developed and delivered in partnership with our peer supporters. These individuals have lived/living experience of mental health, addictions, or supporting a loved one. Enroll in person at our main office at 1400 Windsor Ave., or online below.

To learn more about the Wellness & Recovery College, click here.



    Get some help to quit or reduce smoking or vaping! Understand your habit, identify and help manage triggers, develop strategies, and get education on nicotine replacement therapies.

    One and a half hours in duration; offered over 4 weeks.

    Day: Tuesdays (May 21, 28, June 4, 11)
    Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
    Location: CMHA-WECB



    This course will provide an opportunity for students to explore their recovery journey through various types of journaling. It will provide an opportunity for students to learn the different types of journaling and how important they can be for self expression, creativity, and how journaling provides a safe place to express your emotions without judgment.

    Module 1: Journaling
    Module 2: Hope
    Module 3: Creativity and the Use of Art, Music and Other Mediums for Expression
    Module 4: Reflection

    Two hours in duration; offered over 4 weeks.

    Day: Tuesdays (May 21, 28, June 4, 11)
    Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Location: CMHA-WECB



    In this course, students will learn the value of social connections and explore ways to become a better communicator. We will also explore the importance of language in mental health as well as in gender expression. Students will participate in exercises that will help them practice communication and connection tools. Finally, we will discuss social media and its role in connecting with others, as well as when it becomes a problem.

    Module 1: Social Connection & Communication
    Module 2: The Importance of Language
    Module 3: Connections & Vulnerability
    Module 4: Connections & Social Media

    Two hours in duration; offered over 4 weeks.

    Day: Wednesdays (May 22, 29, June 5, 12)
    Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Location: CMHA-WECB




    Each week students will decide on a topic or activity. As a student-led course it will include conversations regarding recovery, addictions, mental health and lived experience. This course provides social interaction in a safe confidential setting.

    Two hours in duration; offered over 4 weeks.

    Day: Thursdays starting May 23
    Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Location: CMHA-WECB


CMHA-WECB and the Wellness & Recovery College wish to thank our funders:

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