The REGARI Recovery College based in Roscommon town is the second of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, with Mayo Recovery College being the first to have opened their doors.
REGARI stands for Roscommon/East Galway Advancing Recovery in Ireland.
Topics and themes taught by the Regari College include understanding mental health issues and its treatment, mindfulness, depression, understanding medication and rebuilding life and self-esteem. These are delivered through courses, workshops, seminars and groupwork
REGARI Recovery College is run by a Peer Educator, Ailish Connaughton. Alongside the Peer Educator are Peer Trainers, Mental Health Professional Trainers and others. All Students have the option of completing an Individual Learning Plan with the support of the Peer Educator. This will support you in setting recovery goals and identifying the steps needed to reach these goals. These goals can be big or small depending on what is important to you in your life.
6 pilot sessions were trialled in Roscommon earlier this year and further pilots are planned for Loughrea and Castlerea. Student Registration dates will take place on September 7th and 8th in The Lodge, Roscommon for their Autumn/Winter Term across Roscommon and East Galway. The timetable and prospectus for this term will be available next week on their Regari Recovery College Facebook page.
Speaking at the announcement, Ailish Connaughton, Peer Educator at REGARI Recovery College said “I am delighted that following on from the success of our taster sessions in Spring/Summer 16 that we are now preparing to roll out our first official term in both Roscommon and East Galway. The feedback from these taster sessions highlighted the level of understanding, respect, hope and openness present in each session coming both from our co-facilitators and students alike. I have no doubt this will continue as we move forward together and I am sure people will find something here that excites them. We now have 10 courses that have been co-produced by people with lived experience of mental health challenges including family members and carers along with people working in the area of mental health. These courses are designed to promote mental health, wellbeing and recovery.”
For further information, you can contact Ailish on 086 1304869 or by email at [email protected]