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Establishing a recovery college in a Scottish university

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  • Marie McCaig
  • Lisa McNay
  • Glenn Marland
  • Simon Bradstreet
  • Jim Campbell
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Mental Health and Social Inclusion
Issue number2
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)92-97
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the establishment of the Dumfries and Galloway Wellness and Recovery College (The College) within the University of the West of Scotland. Design/methodology/approach – A narrative approach is taken to outline the project and justify its philosophy. Findings – Progress so far is outlined and the vision for the future is explained. Social implications – It is believed that stigma and discrimination are pernicious and pervasive and a concerted and deliberately conscious attempt is needed to establish an inclusive, egalitarian and aligned approach whereby practices match values base. Originality/value – This is justified as being in keeping with a philosophy based on the concepts of recovery, co-production co-delivery and co-receiving. Although not without precedent this development is innovative in being embedded within the university sector and challenging existing paradigms in terms of the positive and inclusive approach to mental health.