Mental health recovery college – new courses for Autumn 2019


Mental health recovery college – new courses for Autumn 2019With the launch of the new Autumn 2019 prospectus for recovery courses, people in the North West now have the opportunity to learn new skills in their journey of mental health recovery. The Western Trust’s Recovery College and the CAWT cross border Innovation Recovery Project have been working together to develop the new prospectus which is enabling people to access the courses in both the Trust area and across Donegal. This cross border Innovation Recovery Project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

The prospectus details a wide range of free educational courses which are designed to promote mental health well-being and recovery. All the courses are written and delivered by people with their own experience of mental health issues, alongside those with professional experience and knowledge. The aim of the courses is to help participants tap into their own personal resilience and resourcefulness.

Both popular and new courses have been added to the prospectus so there is sure to be something to suit everyone, from those who have experienced the Recovery College before and those who have yet to give it a try. The courses give the participants or students the opportunity to become an expert in their own wellbeing and recovery. Some of the courses on offer include: Learning to Like Yourself; Living beyond Depression and Low Mood; Towards Wellness and Recovery; Living with and Managing Anxiety; Getting a Good Night’s Sleep; Steps to ‘appiness’ (how to select and use health Apps effectively); Write to Recovery and many more.

Courses are open to members of the general public and are free of charge. Registration for the courses is essential and anyone who would like to enrol or find out more information should contact the Innovation Recovery College West Hub on 028 7129 6183 from Northern Ireland or 048 71296183 / 00 44 2871296183 from the Republic of Ireland.  Many of the courses are proving to be popular so early booking is encouraged to avoid disappointment.  Feedback from those who have participated in courses has been positive. Comments such as these couple of examples have been received:

“‘I feel it is really important that there is always a person who has experienced mental ill heath delivering the courses along with a professional… just makes it more meaningful for me.”

“I loved how the focus was on mental wellness and recovery methods rather than mental illness. I am glad the College was recommended to me and will continue to promote it to family and friends as I think it is a great wellness resource which is available to everyone.”

Commenting on the Trust new prospectus, Olive Young, Recovery College Coordinator at the Western Health & Social Care Trust said: “We are delighted to be offering a wider range of courses and working with partners in CAWT and the HSE. The feedback we have had from previous participants has been extremely positive and we hope that people who are new to the Recovery College concept have a look at the new prospectus and try out a course.”

Also commenting, Tina Duffy, Recovery College Coordinator for the Innovation Recovery Project West Hub said: “The Recovery College empowers people to manage their own mental health and to take control of their own lives.  The cross border Innovation Recovery project is enabling people on both sides of the border to access courses. The project is also bringing the courses to many rural locations in order help people access courses closer to where they live.”

The Autumn 2019 Recovery College Prospectus can be downloaded here.