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Trust partner in mental health resource

7th September 2023

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on the September 10, 2023, it is important that there is easy access to user-friendly tools and resources to support mental health and wellbeing.

For many people actively tuning into and managing their mental health is part of their regular routine and is an effective approach to building resilience, preventing issues arising and if issues and stresses do arise, dealing with them at an early stage.

One effective and accessible resource to supporting self-management of mental health is called, My Mental Health Recovery. Initially developed by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border health Partnership, this resource is providing an online flexible learning experience, which can be accessed anytime and anywhere.

The Southern Trust are delighted to be one of the key partners in this initiative and  have access to this resource for the benefit of service users, families and carers and the general public.

The all-island Online Recovery College, which was part of a cross border EU funded project called Innovation Recovery, and managed by the CAWT Partnership, has brought digital enabled mental health services to an all-Island audience living within Northern Ireland and Ireland.

The Online Recovery College is suitable for anyone with internet access who wants to better understand and take steps to improve their own health and well-being. The Online Recovery College suite of courses, provide another option for people to explore and develop skills and knowledge, at a pace and depth to suit.

There are a total 24 courses or topic areas available in the Online Recovery College –  My Mental Health Recovery – and all have been developed by co-production, which means that individuals with lived experience have collaborated with health professionals. Therefore the content is verified by health care staff and people with lived experience. The high quality content in this online resource is designed to be easy to follow and will guide individuals through their chosen topic.

Content includes general well-being topics such as :

  • Practising Self-care,
  • Managing Stress,
  • Mindfulness & Deep Relaxation,
  • How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep,
  • Learning to Like Yourself
  • Building Self-esteem
  • Understanding and Managing Depression,
  • Self-care for Carers,
  • Living well with Pain,
  • Living with Cancer,
  • Improving Well-being for Young People,
  • Introduction to the Menopause etc.

There is a course to suit everyone and it is free to access. Once registered individuals will have access to all the online course materials to start their journey.

Why register?

The courses are designed to appeal to all and is a good starting point for people who wish to explore a new topic or as part of an ongoing journey of optimising and self-managing their own mental health and well-being.

It’s a great opportunity to increase knowledge, learn new skills and perhaps support an individual’s own recovery. Take a look and see what My Mental Health Recovery has to offer!