Recovery & Wellness College Southern Area

Recovery & Wellness College Southern Area

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Hi Everyone

In today’s video Ann and Lisa talk about the different kinds of losses people might be experiencing during this crisis and share lived experience to illustrate. Loss will be different for different people depending on your circumstances but do remember that whatever your experience, it is valid and ok to be feeling how you are. Whilst acknowledging the reality of the impact of loss and disappointment they also discuss what we can do to manage our wellbeing in these uncertain and difficult times. You can view on https://youtu.be/CtTktoGgLuw

This does not include the area of bereavement as this is an understandably sensitive and big topic and as such will be covered as a theme on its own next week.

Kind regards
The Recovery College Team

The college offers learning in a shared space and education to everyone who has an interest in wellness and recovery in a range of venues in the Trust.

Operating as usual

26/01/2021

Hi Folks, see below page 2 of 2.

Hi Folks, see below page 2 of 2.

26/01/2021

Hi Folks, Please find below the Schedule of classes from our Recovery College Partners at CAWT.

Hi Folks, Please find below the Schedule of classes from our Recovery College Partners at CAWT.

14/01/2021

Hi Everyone due to the increasing demands on services within the Southern Trust the Recovery and wellness College is temporarily suspended so that staff can support colleagues on the frontline.
In the meantime our partners in the Innovation Recovery project are running courses via zoom. You can contact them on 028 71865149 or email on [email protected]
We are looking forward to reconnecting when things are better for us all. In the meantime keep safe and take care. Remember to watch the YouTube videos and scroll back on this timeline to find posts etc that could help you get through when things are tough.
We realise in these difficult times it is hard to keep going, but remember nothing stays the same and these times do pass.
Wishing you well and looking forward to seeing you again when we can 🤗

Hi Everyone due to the increasing demands on services within the Southern Trust the Recovery and wellness College is temporarily suspended so that staff can support colleagues on the frontline.
In the meantime our partners in the Innovation Recovery project are running courses via zoom. You can contact them on 028 71865149 or email on [email protected]
We are looking forward to reconnecting when things are better for us all. In the meantime keep safe and take care. Remember to watch the YouTube videos and scroll back on this timeline to find posts etc that could help you get through when things are tough.
We realise in these difficult times it is hard to keep going, but remember nothing stays the same and these times do pass.
Wishing you well and looking forward to seeing you again when we can 🤗

14/12/2020

Action Mental Health

Day 13 #ElfieAdvent - this is perfect for a Sunday afternoon - take a moment to relax - the whole family can join in! Katrina from the AMH Our Generation team shares some "Christmassy" breathing techniques, a taster of their new 5-8 year old school's programme supporting children's emotional well-being! #HealthyMe

14/12/2020

Interesting content to view, hope you find it useful.

All Epione conference content now shared for anyone who wasn't able to attend.

Go to: https://www.epione-training.com/conference/

Please enjoy and hope this aids new learning.

buzzsprout.com 14/12/2020

‘Gently, Gently’ by Lisa Morrison - Epione Blogcast

Please have a listen folks.

buzzsprout.com The podcast was created with colleagues with lived experience, and the purpose is to create a safe space to amplify authentic voices of lived experience and share stories of healing & recovery. It may even create a platform to explore, challen...

04/12/2020

Today the recovery and wellness college says farewell to Lisa a wonderful colleague & friend who’s perspective honesty courage & expertise has impacted in so many ways on so many people. Lisa has changed many views in Mental Health by sharing her lived experience and her values will leave a lasting legacy as the college moves forward. We have had the #privilege of her lived experience & service user experience to inform our work and the benefit of her professional skills, experience and expertise in planning preparation and delivery of all our work including behind the scenes. A few photos on the journey Lisa Morrison

24/11/2020

Waiting list open!!!

We also have an open waitlist for dates after Christmas.
Give us a call to learn more.

02/11/2020

Great opportunity to take this online training through our partners in The Mental Health Forum 👍

[10/28/20]   Hi Everyone,
The contact details didn’t come out too well on the previous post!!
Email : [email protected]
Telephone : 028 7186 5149
Please phone if you need further details and to register for the courses.
Many thanks

28/10/2020

Hi Everyone,
Please see below the November Timetable for Zoom classes held by our Recovery College Partners in CAWT.
If you are interested in any of these classes please follow the enrolment instructions at the end of the details page.

21/10/2020

Hi everyone we just want to connect with you all and thank you for your patience. Due to staffing issues the college has been unable to deliver courses and publish videos. Once we are back we will reconnect with you all and update you on what will be coming. We were sorry to say goodbye to Belinda who has taken up a new post and we wish her all the best in her new endeavour.

25/08/2020

Hi Everyone

Today our Volunteer at the Recovery & Wellness College, Pauline, shares her experience of lockdown and coming back to work. Pauline co-delivers our Understanding Bipolar Affective Disorder course and also works with Belinda in Admin.

What it is like to be back at work following Covid-19 by Pauline, Volunteer, SHSCT Recovery and Wellness College.

During the start of lockdown I would say my anxiety levels rose considerably. I had to give up the structure of my life. I wasn’t going out, my brother had groceries delivered for me and a good friend collected my other necessities. I relied on my mobile phone to keep in contact with the outside world. I am very fortunate that I have a good circle of close friends.

The hardest thing during lockdown was not being able to visit my mum. I had to call her by phone every day to keep in touch. Eventually, with the easing of restrictions I was able to socially distance visit my mum. It started for about 20 minutes with me seated outside on a summer seat and my mum inside on a chair with us both wearing face masks.

Now, by prior appointment, I can see my mum for 40 minutes at a time. This has only been the case for the past 3 weeks. I felt extremely nervous about seeing my mum after 18 weeks of isolation but it was worth it to see her smile face-to-face.

I decided the time was right to return to my volunteer role at the Recovery and Wellness College and contacted Ann. I was glad when she said I could come back on Wednesday 5th August. I was broken in gently and after about 30 minutes I felt like I had never been away. The different premises are closer to my home than Trasna House – so a shorter commute! It will just take a while to adjust to the new offices.

I am happy to get back to work and “normality”. I feel there is a good structure to my life now. One last thing is I learnt to re-visit my WRAP during the covid-19 lockdown. I found it beneficial to do a daily walk around my garden. I did my relaxation in times of severe anxiety and also listened to my favourite music to help me unwind.
Pauline.

Here at the Recovery & Wellness College we are all extremely pleased to have Pauline back with us.

Here are some useful tips for dealing with any kind of stress.

24/08/2020

Brownlow, Lurgan & Portadown Neighbourhood Renewal

On behalf of Neighbourhood Renewal Department

Have a look at the new pages for Neighbourhood Renewal in the Armagh Area and Craigavon, Lurgan and Portadown Areas.

Armagh
https://www.facebook.com/Armagh-Neighbourhood-Renewal-111658693664220/

Brownlow, Lurgan & Portadown
https://www.facebook.com/Brownlow-Lurgan-Portadown-Neighbourhood-Renewal-578677426159778

Neighbourhood Renewal is an approach to tackle deprivation within our communities in Northern Ireland. The Department for Communities (DfC) has responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy.

24/08/2020
24/08/2020

Photos from Recovery & Wellness College Southern Area's post

21/08/2020
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20/08/2020

Hi Everyone

Today in conjunction with our Umatter colleagues we are focusing on Help
Helping people is not always about solving problems but having someone that listens, understands, someone who gets what’s it like for us as this can reduce our stress levels considerably.
In our working lives ‘help’ is very important as ‘Working Together’ is one of our values. We could not achieve what we do every day and provide the care to our patients, clients and service users without helping each other.

On a personal level ‘help’ is also very important for our health and wellbeing. We each need to accept that we all need help at some time or another and we may particularly need help if our mental health is poor. Although this can be a scary realisation to accept, it is the first step towards getting the help that you need.
- You may consider seeking help from others if you're worrying more than usual, finding it hard to enjoy your life, having thoughts and feelings that are difficult to cope with, which have an impact on your day-to-day life interested in support or treatment.
While asking for help may seem like a simple thing we recognise for many people it is not. But remember asking for help can help:
 feeling less stressed
 provide relief about sharing your thoughts/feelings
 prevent problems get bigger
 get some perspective
Our Staff COVID-Psychology Service is available via the telephone helpline on 028 3756 6200 (M-F, 9.00-5.00) to provide individual/team support either face to face or via the phone.
So in asking for help:
• View it as a sign of strength and good judgment.
• Is modelling good behaviour for our children, communities and society.
• Most healthy individuals want to help and need to help and derive pleasure from it.
• It can make life easier for you and your family, and in the long run give you more reserves and opportunities to help others.
• Your friends, family and colleagues want the opportunity to support you. They may feel helpless watching you struggle. Be generous and give them the opportunity to help you.
• What are you gaining from taking on all of the work, worry or burden? Being strong, capable and in control of some aspects of your life doesn’t define you.
• A job done is still a job completed. Sometimes we need to accept good enough.
• Not asking for help, or asking too late, can turn a manageable situation into something more serious, which ultimately may require more care, and therefore more time.
• Not asking for help or asking too late can affect not just your health and wellbeing, but also that of your family.

Check out the Umatter page which includes:
- useful tips on how best to ask for help and why in the asking or giving it enables us to build connections with others and forms part of our resilience and self-care;
- a number of sources where you can access self-help, including help and support available within the Trust, as well as external services;
- information on how to help others who are struggling with their mental health;
- interesting Ted Talks and more useful videos from us here at the Recovery College.

You’ll also find information to help you with:
- The challenges of family life and parenting – see our COVID and Family Health articles
- Your financial health, click here
- Staying active – see what activities you can take part in
- Accessing other events that could benefit your health and wellbeing

Staying informed as a staff member as you work through this challenging time

- Hope | Anxiety | Taking One Day at a Time | Self-Care and Compassion | Connections | Loss, disappointments and unexpected gains
Grief and bereavement | Mental health awareness week | Resilience | Why You Need Rest, Restorative Sleep and Relaxation. Look After your Energy Levels

Remember: Not asking for help, or asking too late, can turn a manageable situation into something more serious…
Kind regards
The Recovery College Team

19/08/2020
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17/08/2020

Hi Everyone

Following last week’s article on rest, restorative sleep, relaxation and watching your energy levels, do try to restore some balance and calm in your life. These suggestions from our Umatter colleagues may appeal:

• Catch one or two Premiere League Football matches some of which will be free
• Visit The Glastonbury Festival and catch up with some of your favourite performers or see what other live performances you can now see for free
• Check out the Fantastic for Families resource to inspire you to get creative with your children
• Check out the latest staff discounts (shops and services) available

If you haven’t had a chance yet check out some of the useful articles that have been produced to date. You can see all of these at www.u-matter.org.uk :

• Hope | Anxiety | Taking One Day at a Time | Self-Care and Compassion | Connections | Loss, disappointments and unexpected gains
Grief and bereavement | Mental health awareness week | Resilience | Why You Need Rest, Restorative Sleep and Relaxation. Look After your Energy Levels

Remember: Life is a balance between what we can control and what we cannot. Learn to live between effort and surrender.

Kind regards
The Recovery College Team

14/08/2020

Northern Ireland Informal Meetups for Autistic Adults

Regular NI social group for building friendships. No formal diagnosis required.

13/08/2020

Hi Everyone

This week, in conjunction with our Umatter colleagues, we are focusing on rest, restorative sleep, relaxation and looking after our energy levels.

These are important issues as we start to recover from the challenges and demands placed on us by COVID-19 and begin to look at re-establishing more of our services; something that will require lots of energy and creativity.

Many of us struggle with the idea of rest and wrongly associate it with being lazy or idle.

We challenge this view and look at why having a rest is so valuable – indeed it’s an investment in your health and wellbeing. We tune into the results of The Rest Test - an international survey conducted a few years ago to hear people’s views on rest and what the most popular forms of rest are (18,000 people took part). The results may surprise you. Listen to the podcast with Claudia Hammond (Psychologist, Author and Presenter) as she discusses rest and why we need to give ourselves permission to rest. She shares these points:

• Rest doesn’t have to mean being inactive.
• Have breaks from work, use this time to build in some movement – see the video ‘Keep Moving When Working From Home’ developed by our Physiotherapy Team
• Rest means different things to different people. Do something that helps you relax, switch off and that is enjoyable.
• Don’t keep putting off rest – if you only allow yourself rest time when you’ve done everything on your to do list you might never rest. Accept that your to do list will never be done.
• See if you can cut down on your life admin eg emails, use of technology so that there is a clear distinction between work time and personal time.
• In order to make time for rest you may need to adjust the overly high standards and expectations you place on yourself.
• Productivity and creativity can be boosted by having a rest or a break - even if this is only a short time away from work as it allows us time to think and we can feel refreshed and recharged.
• While we may find it pleasurable and enjoyable using technology such as our phones – this doesn’t necessarily make us feel rested.
• What you choose to do with your time and how you feel about it can influence whether you experience a positive feeling of being rested.

We also look at the importance of restorative sleep and what this means and why sleep is a key pillar in helping to maintain our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Listen to some of the interesting podcasts that focus on the common reasons that people struggle to get enough good quality sleep, the impact of stress or the menopause could also be factors.

If you are feeling tired or fatigued check out some of our tips below to help restore your energy levels.

 Check out the booklet on sleeping problems which is one of the most popular titles we provide.
 Take part in the daily 10 minute mindfulness session – led by Dr James Grove especially for healthcare staff. There’s also a COVID series of practices you can tune into.
 Make time for relaxation via the wellbeing practices we added online or by building a wildlife friendly garden with these tips. Belinda is currently enjoying her garden immensely as she sits and watches the butterflies and bees on her Buddleias all day!
 Take a break from the kitchen and preparing food - this month’s recipes of the month are perfect for teenagers to prepare and enjoy – for themselves and you!
 Tune into some of the free and exclusive sessions and performances from artists courtesy of the Royal Albert Hall.
 Work out from home for free with videos made for healthcare staff featuring personal trainers and a yoga instructor at a time that suits you.
 Take part in a local outdoor adult fitness or dance sessions or at home sessions via ABC Council’s qualified Every Body Active 2020 coaches.

Remember: There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither. (Alan Cohen)

We felt this poem sums up precisely why it is so important to allow yourself to rest and self-care:

Kind regards
The Recovery College Team

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