The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has launched Steps to Recovery, three new resources designed to encourage those living with mental health issues that it is possible to regain full control over their lives.
The three resources include a Recovery website, DVD, and inspirational stories booklet which have been developed as resources for mental health recovery.
They include personal accounts of eight individuals in the Northern Trust area who have had mental health challenges in their life and the process they have gone through.
Each person’s account has shown that mental health challenges and the experiences that surround them can create a newly formed sense of purpose and understanding.
These stories have been shared to help others believe that despite difficult times there is hope and recovery can occur.
Rosemary Hawthorne, Recovery Facilitator with the NHSCT, said: “Recovery emphasises that, while people may not have full control over their symptoms, they can have full control over their lives. Recovery is not about ‘getting rid’ of problems.
“It is about seeing beyond a person’s mental health problems, recognising and fostering their abilities, interests and dreams. Experiences of mental illness can provide opportunities for change, reflection and discovery of new values, skills and interests.”
For further information about the Steps to Recovery service, please contact Rosemary Hawthorne, Recovery Facilitator, Room 45, Inver 3 Corridor, Holywell Hospital, phone 028 9446 5211 ext 2003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org