Pharos is a recovery-focussed project, based in Gozo, to provide help and hope – in an educational setting – to people suffering from mental health or emotional challenges, also reaching out to their friends, families, carers, and professionals involved in their care.
The aim is to set up a Recovery College. This would help people affected by mental health issues, emotional difficulties, and trauma, to learn from their experiences. This will assist in regaining a sense of self, empower people to find ways of living with and beyond the limitations that they might feel and to engage more fully with life.
Area of operation:
Education: life challenges and self-management skills
To attract people with experience of life difficulties to a supportive setting where they can learn in a co-productive environment about themselves and their challenges, share and learn techniques and skills for self-management in a less- stressed environment so that they may recover meaning and purpose in their lives from theirs and others’ experiences, enabling them to engage more fully in life and society. These training sessions would also be available for personal and professional care providers.
Educational focus. Recovery-focused (non-judgmental and non-stigmatizing) language. Bringing and giving hope and support. Taking back control. Making and taking opportunities. Recognition of expertise by experience as well as by practice. Peer support networks. Co-production and co-delivery of courses.