UCC’s Department of Adult Continuing Education will host a post-pandemic mental health course next month. PHOTO: Tomas Tyner, UCC.

Post-Covid mental health course launched

A post-pandemic course designed to support people experiencing mental health difficulties in their personal recovery has been launched in Cork.

Announced recently by Cork City Partnership, the Mental Health in the Community Certificate Course also aims to enhance awareness of community-based education and support options for mental health recovery and wellbeing.

The course, which starts in September, will be run in conjunction with the Department of Adult Continuing Education (ACE) in UCC and Mental Health Ireland. The certificate was first run by Cork City Partnership in 2019 and places are expected to fill quickly for its latest iteration.

Course Coordinator Margo Hayes said: “We had a very positive reaction to the first course and now, as everyone is adapting to life in a post-pandemic world, we feel this course is more relevant than ever.

“The course will be fully funded for successful applicants, we feel this makes the course accessible to those who would benefit the most.”

A former course participant said: “The Mental Health in the Community course helped me to look at mental health in my own situation as well as in my community. It gave me a problem solution-focused approach. I would give it 5/5 and recommend it to those who want to develop an understanding of mental health.”

From early September, classes will take place from 10am-1pm on Wednesday mornings. There will also be 4 Saturday workshops throughout the month. For more information or to apply for the course, email margo.hayes@partnershipcork.ie.

Cork City Partnership supports the development of an inclusive and just society in Cork city. The partnership’s community education programme is Government funded under the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP). Other supports include community development across the city, employment supports, and its flagship Friendly Call Cork phone service. To find out more about Cork City Partnership, visit corkcitypartnership.ie, email info@partnershipcork.ie, or phone 021-4302310.