Recovery College YVR

A Community Wellness Learning Centre that offers free courses and groups that help you develop your own resourcefulness.

What is Recovery College YVR?

Recovery College YVR (RC YVR) is a community wellness learning centre developed collaboratively by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) North & West Vancouver Branch and Vancouver Coastal Health’s (VCH) Consumer Involvement and Initiatives program.

RC YVR is a place where the expertise of peer facilitators, service providers and other content experts are blended to help participants develop meaningful goals for themselves. We value the lived experience of peers, people who live with mental health and substance use challenges. Peers are central to RC YVR; they are involved as planners, organizers, educators, and participants.

What does Recovery College YVR offer?

Recovery College YVR offers courses and groups that cover a wide range of wellness related topics aimed at helping people improve their health and well-being.

We have both peer and clinical facilitators. Our courses and groups always have at least one peer facilitator.

How might I benefit from Recovery College YVR?

  • Gain knowledge and develop new coping skills.
  • Enhance social connections and share supportive experiences.
  • Find new hobbies, passions and meanings to life.

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Participants have the opportunity to use art tools as a method for self expression and create for themselves.


Participants are provided with the opportunity to explore topics related to dreams and aspirations.


Participants are invited to engage in meaningful activities to enhance positive health, quality of life, and sense of well-being in many different areas. These can include social, spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental wellness.

Social Connection

Participants have the chance to share their stories to receive and give support as well as celebrate successes and strengths. Also included are opportunities to try out some new hobbies with others.


Participants gain knowledge and practical skills which can lead to enhancing one’s life and managing mental health and/or substance use challenges personally or in the workplace.

Learn. Connect. Grow.

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