Recovery focuses on a person’s right to build a meaningful, satisfying and fulfilling life with or without the continuing presence of mental ill health.
Recovery is a journey and some people describe themselves as being in recovery rather than recovered. It is about rediscovering a positive identity, taking responsibility and regaining ownership over one’s life.
Recovery is closely associated with wellbeing and the five main areas of wellness which positively impact on people’s wellbeing are
- be active
- take notice
- keep learning, and
Regional Recovery Newsletter
Recovery newsletter is dedicated to bringing news and information about mental health recovery work in Northern Ireland. Inside is personal stories of people on their own recovery journey, as well as updates on the work of all the local Health and Social Care Trusts.
Recovery in Action film
A dvd on Recovery in Action has been made by the Trust in partnership with the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health. The 32-minute film tells the story of six journeys of recovery through mental ill health. It is a message of hope and recovery, told by service users and carers. The dvid is being used to help service users and carers in Northern Ireland - and further afield. The funding was provided by PHA under the Mental Health Strategy – ‘The Live & Learn Project’.
Click on play to watch the Recovery in Action film (32 minutes):
Film by Chapter -
Caroline: Finding and Maintaining Hope
Ian: Re-establishing a Positive Identity
Alan: Building a Meaningful Life
Barbara: Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Lorna: Taking Responsibility and Control
Keeping Well: Personal Views
For more information on the film or to obain a copy, contact:
Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health
Tel: 028 3833 4444
Mental Health Forum
Tel: 028 30 25 24 23
Mobile: 07597 940 331
Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Tel: 028 3831 1709
Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Some people use a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to help manage their mental health on a daily basis. The WRAP identifies activities to help people feel better, known as ‘wellness tools', and support networks to promote confidence, resourcefulness and self management. The plan also identifies the triggers which can lead to ill health.
It is essential that you are referred to the WRAP programme by your key worker and that your place is confirmed in advance of the group commencing.
Local carers who have completed WRAP training
Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators Ann Butler and Gordon Higham with NIAMH staff at training in Dungannon
Participants at a WRAP training course which was led by Ann Butler and Susan Crowe
WRAP & Recovery Seminar
The Trust, in partnership with the Beeches Clinical Education Centre, has delivered training on how to facilitate a WRAP & Recovery programmes to staff and service users who use mental health services. Participants explored mental health recovery and developed their skills and knowledge to support others to recover a life which has meaning and purpose. Participants explored Mental Health Recovery and developed the skills and knowledge required to support others to recover a life which has meaning and purpose.
For more information on Wellness Recovery Action Plans, contact
Lurgan BT66 8DN
Tel: 028 3831 1709