Trust ‘Recovery College’ to visit library

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The Western Trust Recovery College is inviting service users, carers and members of the public, who would like to gain a better understanding of mental health issues, to attend free mental health education workshops.

Registration for the free workshops is essential.

Anyone who would like to register or find out more information should come along to one of the enrollment sessions on: Thursday 10 September 11am - 1pm Melvin Centre Strabane; Thursday 10 September 10am - 1pm, Central Library; Tuesday 15 September 10am - 12.30pm Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady; Tuesday 15 September 10 am - 12.30pm Omagh Library Headquarters.

Carolyn Maxwell, Head of Recovery Services for the Western Trust said: “Following the success of last year and the excellent feedback received from those who attended, we are pleased to announce an expansion of the Recovery College. We are now able to offer courses across other areas of the Trust including Londonderry and Limavady.

“Our education workshops are open to anyone with an interest in mental health issues. They aim to help individuals recognise and develop their own personal resilience and resourcefulness, become experts in their own self-care and work towards achieving their goals and ambitions.

“They will help you address obstacles to achieving your goal, offer you opportunities to discover new skills and harness your existing strengths, perhaps by signposting you to useful courses or other sources of support that will also help you grow your support network and reconnect with your community.

“All our workshops are co-designed and co-delivered by individuals with either extensive professional knowledge or knowledge lived through experience of mental health challenges.”

Workshops offered include; ‘Introduction to Recovery’, ‘Caring for Someone with Psychosis’, ‘Living with Psychosis’, ‘Understanding Depression’, ‘Introduction to mindfulness’ ,‘WRAP’ and understanding Addictions.

The Recovery College will provide opportunities for those who may wish to volunteer and share their lived experience to benefit others or train as trainers or support workers.

Information can also be found on the Western Trust website www.westertrust.hscni.net

If you are in distress or despair counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Lifeline (0808 808 8000) to listen to you and give you the help and support you need, in confidence.