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Learning as a tool for wellbeing and personal growth

Recovery College

 

The college courses and workshops are co-designed and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges, mental health practitioners and carers. Courses and workshops are FREE and open to people with lived experience, staff from all services and departments across the Trust, and te public, in order for everyone to learn from each other.

 

Students are treated as equals and play a role alongside staff running and leading sessions at the college.

 

Click HERE to learn more and view prospectus

Formal education & Vocational or Recreational Learning

 

Local colleges offer a wide range of courses and classes

Click HERE for The Southern Regional College

which has Campuses in Armagh, Banbridge, Kilkeel, Lurgan, Newry & Portadown

Prospectus details vary but there are sometimes FREE classes

especially in areas such as Basic English, Maths or IT skills.

 

 

A search online will also guide you to learning opportunities via correspondence courses which can be completed from home at your own pace and fitted around your personal health issues or time commitments

 

 

Open University courses can also be completed in a personalised way

Did you know?

You can even do some individual modules and personal development stuff

FREE with Openlearn

 

 

Most Community/Leisure centres and Places of Worship either run classes and workshops or advertise them and you could also check out the local newspaper for opportunities. Learning is a great way to boost and maintain your mental health and using that training to then get actively involved in your community as a volunteer or even a trainer yourself is empowering and worthwhile.  You are never too old and there is always something ideally suited to your personal circumstances.

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)

 

Some people use WRAP to help manage their mental health on a daily basis; it helps you identify the 'wellness tools' that work best to help you feel better and also develop support networks to promote confidence, resourcefulness and self-management as well as identify personal triggers that can lead to ill health. To attend a WRAP course you self-register through the Recovery College and once completed you are free to join a community WRAP Support group in your area if you feel it would be helpful; the support groups are a voluntary option created and led by Service user Facilitators.

Promoting Wellbeing Team Courses

 

Our Trust offers a regular calendar of FREE training courses on a vast range of subjects that not only educate but empower people to take their new skills out into the community and help others. Examples would be things like learning to be a Walking or Cycling group leader, Facilitator in Healthy eating or Cooking sessions, training in Mental Health First Aid or ASIST (Applied suicide intervention skills training), Child protection, or even something like 'Stop smoking' or Mindfulness skills. There is a simple application process and some courses carry certain criteria; places are limited in each session but they are repeated in cycle with new stuff coming along with each new brochure - the Promoting wellbeing team seeks to build skills and capacity of others to promote health and wellbeing.

 

Course dates will appear on our Forum Calendar as they become available to us or you can contact your local team direct for more information.

Armagh/Dungannon    (028) 37412521

Craigavon/Banbridge   (028) 38344973

Newry&Mourne           (028) 30834325

U3A   -   University of the third age

 

An international organisation with local groups each offering education and stimulation to those in the 'third' stage of life - when perhaps parental responsibilities and full time employment etc have come to an end. Anyone can join and no qualifications are required. Fees are kept to a minimum and each member has the opportunity to share their own skills knowledge and passions with the group. U3A is all about the joy of learning. The link below will take you to the main site and from there you can search for active groups in your area.

 

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The Mental Health Forum Lending Library

 

Our members have created a wonderfully diverse and useful lending library by gathering donated books on subjects such as Mental health stories and inspiration, Conditions and treatments, General mental health issues, Poetry philosophy & arts, Humour, and Hobbies Interests & self-care. This is located at Trasna House in Lurgan where our monthly meetings are held and can be accessed by Service users via The Forum Manager/Secretary or The Support and Recovery team staff. Up to two books at a time can be borrowed free of charge for up to 8 weeks with just a few contact details and a co-signature from an authorised team member.

Donations of books in these categories are always welcome

and may be left at Trasna House at any time for processing.

Bibliotherapy

 

This is where selected books are used to help you help yourself when experiencing difficulties with your mental health and wellbeing. The scheme is operated in partnership with GPs, Health professionals and local libraries and self-help books may be recommended to help you understand why you feel the way you do.

The selected books may be browsed in the normal way and borrowed with your usual card or requested online using your card and a pin number on www.librariesni.org.uk  All libraries will have access to about 50 titles covering an extensive range of issues affecting everyday people and this is a growing resource.

As well as the selected books, all participating libraries will have a resource guide available containing details of helpful numbers, support groups, websites and leaflets which you can avail of. This service is FREE and if you do not have a library card you can still access it (and other library services) by bringing along a form of ID that confirms your address.

Contact - The Wellbeing Team, John Mitchel Place, Newry   Tel:028-3083-4325

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