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Mayo Recovery College,
REGARI (Roscommon & East Galway) Recovery College
and Galway Recovery College

News & Events

Proactive Measures for COVID-19, please read:

  • You must book your place in advance to attend the Thursday evening 6pm-9pm modules in the Mayo Recovery College GMIT Castlebar. Call/Text 0860294901.
  • Please complete the online forms, see attached document ‘Requirements for attendance to MRC GMIT classes’
  • Directions to get to the room will be given upon registration. Please arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to class. Late arrivals may be unable to gain access to the building.
  • Students should not attend class if in the last seven days they have been unwell, or if they or a family member have had contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19. It is important to notify us of any of the above. Open lines of communication are vital in identifying these situations.
  • Students must not attend class if they have a cough, temperature, sore throat or are in any way ill.
  • Practice safe hygiene etiquette: - cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your elbow when coughing or sneezing, and discard used tissue safely.
  • All students can bring their own sanitizer to class (it is not compulsory) along with necessary items such as a water bottle – There will be no use of the canteen facilities during the break.
  • Please sit in the designated seats only.
  • Please sanitize hands upon entry and exit of the building.
  • As always, MRC facilitators will keep attendance and records each week. In the event that COVID-19 is contracted this and the online forms you complete may help with contact tracing.
  • If we have to close due to another lockdown, our Thursday evening classes will continue online.

 

Thank you for doing your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Mayo Recovery College Team

September 2021

Thank you for your interest in our online interactive Video or Audio online sessions.

Firstly please download the Zoom app on your computer, laptop or smart phone. You will be prompted to create a free Zoom account if you do not have one already.

A link will be sent to you prior to the session beginning. These links are NOT FOR PUBLIC SHARING.

 

GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING

MAYO RECOVERY COLLEGE ONLINE

 

All participants must be aware of the following before attending:

  • Avoid screen eyestrain by:
    • blinking often
    • 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds
    • Check the room lighting and reduce glare (lights and sunshine)
    • Position your screen directly in front at eye level.
    • Adjust your screen settings for type size, contrast and brightness.
    • Adjust your chair if need be
  • The use of headphones is suggested for both reasons of privacy and sound quality, especially if you are in a shared space.
  • As these are interactive modules please have your camera on, however we understand that this may not always be possible.
  • If someone (for example, student or co-facilitator) shares very personal information, it is private and strictly confidential and may not be shared or discussed (inside or outside class) at any time.
  • We shall not disclose any information provided by an individual, unless there are reasonable grounds that the disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of the individual concerned or to another person.
  • You are not permitted to make an audio or video recording or screenshot any part of the lecture.
  • The Mayo Recovery College believes that everyone has the right to learn in an environment free from the effects of substance misuse (Alcohol & Drugs). If an MRC facilitator believes that a student is under the influence of substance(s) while online they may be requested to kindly leave the session and return another time.

Mayo Recovery College Team

Mayo Recovery College returns with our time table for the Spring/Summer of 2021

 

All of us at the Mayo Recovery College were very excited to be invited by HSE Mental Health Engagement and Recovery to present the first of their Conversations That Connect webinars, or MHER-inars.

 

You watch back the whole webinar on You Tube right now by clicking on this link:

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyLUbU54hRs

 

The Q & A aspect of the webinar was one of the most enjoyable parts for us. However, we did not have time to answer all of the questions that came our way on the day. So here is our responses to the questions that we did not get to during the live broadcast:

 

  • Tips for dealing with anxiety?

Connecting with a friend, a loved one or a support service and talking it through.

Writing down the root causes-i.e. fear of failure, afraid to say no, social anxiety and then identifying possible solutions

Staying physically active

Eating Healthy-Avoiding Caffeine and High Sugary Foods

Limiting our time online

 

  • Anxiety and Sleep?

A 10 or 15 minute mindfulness meditation before going to bed is an excellent way to settle the mind.

Taking a bath with lavender oils or a few droplets of lavender on ones pillow can also help

Limiting on-screen or on-line time before bed is also suggested

 

  • Experiencing Panic Attacks in crowds?

The most important thing to remember is that you can remove yourself from any situation you feel uncomfortable. Whether it is in the Supermarket or a Social function, allow yourself to drop everything and leave.

Using Mindfulness techniques such as focusing on one’s breath or focusing on an object outside of yourself is also very beneficial

 

  • How to deal with the racing mind (when thoughts take over)

The racing mind is common for a lot of people with anxiety. It is a sign that we need to give our mind space. The best way to do this is to do something physically active, i.e., going for a “power-walk”, a run, even cleaning the house. Anyway at all we can burn up that trapped energy.

 

  • Tips for dealing with feeling of impending doom on awakening?

Thank you for this question. It is very important to address. The best tip that I could give for this is to try and get out of the bed as soon as possible. I personally found that the longer I stayed in bed, “thinking”, the worse I felt.

It is important to try and implement a daily routine, i.e.-get up, have breakfast, go for a walk. These are all thing that can help

 

Also, it is always good to connect with someone and tell them how you are feeling.

 

Thanks to everyone who joined us on the day and a special thank you to HSE Mental Health Engagement and Recovery for the invitation.

 

 

  • “I am lately finding that I don’t want to do anything, I just want to hide away from everything. I work full time, I have two teenagers and I study too. This lockdown makes me feel worse”

Thank you for joining us on this webinar and for sharing that with us. It sounds like you are over-whelmed by life at the moment. First of all, it is perfectly natural to feel this in the current climate. Sometimes we get so caught up caring for and providing for others that we neglect our own self-care.

 

When we are feeling overwhelmed like this, it is our bodies way of telling us that we need to prioritise our own self-care. We can do this, firstly, by reaching out to someone we trust and telling them how we feel. Secondly, we need to engage in activities that are “life affirming” to us. It could be trying out a mindfulness practice online, engaging in a hobby or connecting in with some recovery education. We run online classes here at the Mayo Recovery College every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please feel free to drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 086-0294901.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enrolment for Autumn Winter will take place in mid September 2020, however you can join our modules at any time throughout the semester. Please contact the Mayo Recovery College to arrange same.

Contact

Mayo Recovery College
Mayo Mental Health Services &
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology,
County Clinic,
Westport Road,
Castlebar,
Co. Mayo

T: 086 0294901
E: recovery.educatormrc@hse.ie 

 

Our Vision

The Purpose of the Mayo Recovery College is to create a culture of recovery, to improve quality of life and promote social inclusion by empowering people with mental health challenges, their families, friends and the community through co-produced education and learning together.