Our courses are developed and delivered in equal partnership by people with varied lived and professional experiences in mental health. It’s a fresh perspective and is backed up by evidence showing that collaboration, sharing experiences and education can produce real results. It’s co-production! People from all sorts of backgrounds share their knowledge of what works, including clinicians, learning specialists, young people and families, teachers and youth advisors. Courses are completely different to those in a traditional classroom or mental health setting – it’s relaxed, everyone is equal and there are no rights or wrongs.
Discovery College is a youth-focused Recovery College and an initiative of Alfred Health in Melbourne.
Initially set up as part of the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP), Discovery College was officially launched in May 2016. It’s now based at four campuses (headspace Bentleigh, Frankston, Narre Warren and Dandenong), with courses also offered in community-based venues across south-east Melbourne.
Since our launch, over 150 individual students have taken part in more than 30 separate courses across our spaces. Students have included a mix of young people aged 12–25, their friends and family members, and professionals working in various fields. We’re always exploring new ways to connect with the wider community and find different ways of understanding mental health together.