Rathview Mews Recovery and Rehabilitation Unit opens


Rathview Mews Recovery and Rehabilitation Unit opensService users in the Western Trust can now avail of first class recovery and rehabilitation services following the opening of Rathview Mews on the Drumnakilly Road, Omagh. The facility, which opened this week, will provide support to people who have difficulty living independently due to severe and enduring mental illness and related difficulties.
The facility contains 12 individual self-contained flats providing transition for service users who require higher levels of support, rather than care, as they progress along their road to recovery and independence.
The Western Trust recognises that in order to provide a modern and responsive service to people with mental illness, it must consider delivery of services across a variety of settings. Providing community facilities that are designed to meet the needs of our service users will promote greater choice and further support recovery and rehabilitation as alternatives to long-term in-patient care.
Speaking about the opening of the new unit, Chairman of the Western Trust, Niall Birthistle said: “This marvellous new facility marks another step in the long term plans for mental health services across the Western Trust. It has been designed in conjunction with service users and carers to make sure it meets their needs. I would like to thank them for the very important part they have played in the design of the unit.”
Director of Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability Services, Karen O’Brien said: “This new service aims to help people with mental health problems move forward, set new goals and develop relationships that gives their lives meaning. Recovery emphasises that, while people may not have full control over their symptoms, they can have full control over their lives. Mental illness and social attitudes to mental illness often impose limits on people who are experiencing ill health. Recovery is about looking beyond those limits to help people achieve their own goals and aspirations.”