World Mental Health Day 2020 – Innovation Recovery Project newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of our CAWT cross border Innovation Recovery Project newsletter. Innovation Recovery Project eZine – World Mental Health Day 2020 To mark World Mental Health Day 2020 we are sharing our news and developments from recent months and sharing our mental health and wellbeing course schedule. We provide a wide range of online courses which are free of charge. Details of how you can register are in our eZine. You can keep up to date on the work of our Innovation Recovery Project Team via their Facebook and Twitter accounts @InnovationRecov.

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Keeping Connected During Times of Crisis

At the beginning of lockdown, experts warned physical and mental wellbeing was likely to be severely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. This prompted the Innovation Recovery Project, a cross-border mental health education initiative, to adapt its services and switch to free online and interactive learning. The Project, which uses a ‘lived experience’ learning approach to helping people improve their mental health and wellbeing has ran over 69 courses since the COVID-19 lockdown. John Meehan, Project Chair of the Innovation Recovery Project explains why making the move to online delivery during the pandemic was vital, “Looking after your mental health by […]

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Community Respiratory Service ensures right care is delivered by the right people, in the right place at the right time

The recent addition of a Respiratory Consultant with a community focus, and a new Community Case Manager based at Sligo University Hospital, will ensure that fewer patients have to travel for Respiratory Services. The Community Respiratory Service and the Community Case Manager will provide treatment and care to patients, primarily older frail patients, in their own home for as long as possible thereby promoting their independence and maintaining their dignity, privacy and respect. Respiratory services treat illnesses like asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and other lung-related conditions. Welcoming the improved service, Project Lead Siobhan McEniff said: “Forty […]

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‘Art for Mental Health’ Exhibition Launched

Johnston Cavan Library saw the launch of ‘The Easel Way to Recovery Art Exhibition’ recently, featuring a range of artworks created by participants in the ‘Art for Mental Health’ workshops run by the CAWT Innovation Recovery Project. The CAWT Innovation Recovery Project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivers a wide range of free educational courses which promote mental health well-being and recovery. The ‘Art for Mental Health’ programme was delivered to groups of between 7-11 participants over a six-month period. The course attracted people who were interested […]

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Cross Border Conference on Coercive Control takes place in Letterkenny

Event attended by 375 professionals from Tusla, An Garda Siochana, PSNI and other statutory and community partner organisations. Wednesday 11th December 2019:  The Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny was the venue for a major cross border conference today focussing on the impact of coercive control. The conference was a collaborative initiative between the CAWT cross border MACE Project, which is funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, and Donegal Children and Young People’s Services Committee and was supported by Donegal Domestic Violence Service, An Garda Siochana and Tusla. Coercive control is a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour including all […]

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Newly qualified Community Health Facilitators celebrate success

In total 34 people from across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland border counties and Scotland were the first to secure an Open College Network (OCN) qualification in Community Health Facilitation. This NVQ Level 3 (equivalent to Level 5 in the Republic of Ireland and Level 6 in of the European Qualifications Framework) Certificate in Community Health Facilitation provides participants with an accredited pathway in their work of supporting health improvements within their communities. The objective of this qualification is to enable participants to acquire the knowledge and skills to help individuals within their communities to improve their own health […]

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Wellness Café and new recovery College courses in Donegal

An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny was packed to capacity for the joint launch of the first Wellness Café in Donegal and the Innovation Recovery Colleges’ new Autumn/Winter prospectus. The Recovery College prospectus provides people in the North West with the opportunity to learn new skills in their journey of mental health recovery. The CAWT cross border Innovation Recovery Project, via the HSE and the Western Health & Social Care Trust, has developed the new prospectus which is enabling people to access the courses in Donegal areas as well as within Northern Ireland. This cross border Innovation Recovery Project is supported by […]

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Armagh and Dungannon – new local health and well-being Hub launched

This week saw the launch of a new health and well-being project currently being rolled out by Connected Health in the Southern Health & Social Care Trust area. The project is called ‘CoH-Sync’ which is short for Community Health Synchronisation. CoH-Sync is a cross border, European Union INTERREG VA funded project and is now available to anyone aged 18 years and over who wants to begin their journey to getting healthier but doesn’t know where to start.  Whether it is help to quit smoking, adopt healthier eating habits, make new connections in your community or just generally feel better about […]

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