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Recovery College


Recovery College

The Western Trust Recovery College offers free courses and workshops that support people to better understand and manage their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

All courses are written and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health issues in partnership with those who have professional experience and knowledge.  The College strives to promote hope and self-awareness; increase understanding of particular conditions and treatments; and encourages self-management with an emphasis on taking back control.

Our free courses are open to all – those who use services, people with mental health issues whether diagnosed or otherwise, carers and supporters, students, health professionals – in fact anyone who is interested in good mental health.

We usually operate in 5 locations within the Trust area: Derry/Londonderry, Enniskillen, Limavady, Omagh and Strabane, and we work hard to make the College friendly and informal, and a place where we support and learn from each other.

  • Recovery Services

    The Western Trust provides specialist mental health teams based on the recovery ethos and focused on the needs of those with severe and enduring mental health problems.

    Our Mission Statement

    Mental Health Recovery Services in the Western Trust exist to support people with serious and enduring mental health problems in their personal journey towards recovery. Services are underpinned by the principles of a person centred, strengths based approach, recognising the unique skills, creativity and expertise both of the service user and the helper. The guiding principles of autonomy, fairness, protection, dignity and respect are integral to the therapeutic alliance.


    To meet the mental health care needs of service users with severe and enduring illness by making the best of available resources to provide accessible, effective and timely interventions and to support service users to develop hope, resilience, independence, and ultimately to lead meaningful lives.

  • Recovery College Spring and Summer 2024 Prospectus
  • Recovery College Reaching Out Campaign
    Reaching Out Campaign – Introduction

    Week 1 – What is anxiety?

    What is anxiety? – Flora’s Story

    Question Video – What is anxiety?

    Answering Your Questions – What is anxiety?Click Here to View

    Week 2 – Staying Connected

    Staying Connected – Kate’s Story

    Dr. Catrin Gabriel, Staying Connected

    Dr. Catrin Gabriel, Review of Comments and Suggestions – Staying ConnectedClick Here to View

    Week 3 – Seeking Support for your Mental Health

    Service User Story – Seeking Support for your Mental Health

    Seeking Support for your Mental Health

    Seeking Support for your Mental Health – Answering your Questions – Click here to view

    Week 4 – Understanding Self Compassion

    Eva’s Story – Understanding Self Compassion

    Bernadette Doherty, Peer Volunteer – Understanding Self Compassion


    Centre for Clinical Interventions – Self Care Workbook

    “Self- compassion: The Proven Power of being kind to yourself” by Kristin Neff, Ph.D

    Week 5 – Five Steps to Wellbeing

    Sarah Crawford, Occupational Therapist


    The original Five Ways to Wellbeing Report by the New Economics Foundation

    Aware NI Video

    Free Online Training

    NHS Choices – Mindfulness and Taking Notice

    Week 6 Coping Strategies

    Answering Your Questions – Coping Strategies

    Joanne Heavern – Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

  • Creating Wellness In Winter

    Tapestry Weaving with Emma


    Rocking Reindeer Craft with Melanie

    Cheesy Bean Crunch with Olive


  • Creating Wellness in Autumn

    Video 1

    Video 2 – Tin Craft Art

    Video 3 – Leaf Art

  • Video Resources

    Journaling for Wellness

    What is Depression?

    Understanding the Cycle of Depression

    Managing Depression

    What is Anxiety?

    The Cycle of Anxiety

     What is Mindfulness?

    Living Well with Bipolar

    Getting Back on Track 

    Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

    Food and Mood



  • Finding Hope

    Click on the image above to download and print Finding Hope, the Western Trust Recovery College’s guide to help and support for mental health and wellbeing in the Trust area.

  • Recovery College Latest Newsletters

    As part of their Reaching Out campaign the Recovery College’s is producing fortnightly newsletters to help people look after their mental health and wellbeing during the COVID19 pandemic. You can download and print the newsletters below.

  • Further Resources
  • Recovery Stories

    Caroline’s Recovery Story 

    Read personal accounts of individuals in the Western Trust area who have had mental health challenges in their life below:

  • About Our Courses

    Click on the icons below to hear more about our courses.


  • Mental Health Helplines
    • Lifeline – a crisis-response helpline service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are in distress or despair, you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 and talk to an experienced counsellor in confidence.
    • Samaritans – A safe space for you to talk: 116 123
    • Childline – If you are a child or young person, you can talk to Childline by phoning: 0800 1111 for free, 24hours a day or online at
    • 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline – Free phone support, advice and signposting for men and women:  0808 802 1414
    • NSPCC Helpline – helping adults protect children 0808 800 5000
    • Inspire Workplace Helpline – Formerly Carecall 0808 800 0002

    All of the helplines above are free to call. 

    For all other local helplines for a variety of services in Northern Ireland, please visit: Helplines Network NI


Recovery College


5b Woodside Avenue


Co. Tyrone

Call us02882833291