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Survey identifying commonality across international Recovery Colleges

Toni King (Solent NHS Trust, Portsmouth, UK) (ImROC, Nottingham, UK)
Sara Meddings (Department of Education and Training, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Worthing, UK) (ImROC, Nottingham, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 6 June 2019

Issue publication date: 19 July 2019




The purpose of this paper is to provide a preliminary outline of the international presence, commonality and differences between Recovery Colleges.


This study used a short e-mailed survey to create a map of Recovery Colleges internationally and review Recovery Colleges outside the UK. Questions gathered descriptive and qualitative data to gain an overview of the mode of delivery and aspects respondents felt were noteworthy.


This paper identifies Recovery Colleges in 22 countries in five continents (including the UK). Participants described wide variance in their context. Despite adaptations, the operational models and inherent principles of each were closely aligned to those developed in the UK.


This paper provides the first baseline of Recovery Colleges on an international scale. It provides evidence of a high degree of commonality despite variance in setting and highlights the internationally valued transformational power of this model.



With thanks to ImROC and Recovery College International Community of Practice members and those who helped the authors map and contact Recovery Colleges around the world. Particular thanks to those who took part in the survey or enabled others through their translation skills. Thanks to Julie Repper, Geoff Shepherd and Dawn Fleming for support with the project.


King, T. and Meddings, S. (2019), "Survey identifying commonality across international Recovery Colleges", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 121-128.



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