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Healthy Ireland funds collaboration between Dundalk IT and Turas

Healthy Ireland funds collaboration between Dundalk IT and Turas

DKIT Mental Health Nursing and Turas, Dundalk’s community addiction service, have collaborated to provide a week long course in health and wellbeing to people in recovery.

Funding for the course, which ran all this week and concluded today, was provided through Healthy Ireland and it is hoped it will be repeated twice annually going forward, subject to funding.

It is the first time a joint programme has been run between the two organisations and feedback has been excellent. Ten people in recovery who ordinarily avail of supports from Turas were accepted onto the programme.

A flavour of the course includes healthy eating, drama therapy, pilates, physical exercise, mindfulness, employment and exploring opportunities to return to education. All participants who complete the week will be brought to purchase new runners and a high vis vest to encourage them to get out walking, as a start to a healthier and more active lifestyle.

“A healthy lifestyle is of paramount importance to people who have reached sobriety and are focused and motivated to be in recovery. Daily exercise and healthy eating help to create the desired lifestyle and the course has really helped people to link health to their own recovery. We hope we can run it again next year,” said Alan Duff, Lead Programme Facilitator in Turas.

“We are delighted to engage with services in the local community and share our knowledge and experience with a group who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to attend DKIT. The programme has been a big success from our perspective and funding permitted we would be keen to maintain the collaboration going forward,” said Mark Cunningham, Programme Director for Mental Health Nursing in DKIT.

“Absolutely fantastic course, varied in content and well delivered. It came at a great time for me in my recovery journey,” said one of the participants on the programme.

“Wonderful support and understanding of any mental or physical issues that hold people back from engaging in the community”, said another participant.

Turas is a not-for-profit addiction service funded by the HSE and the North Eastern Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force. They work with 350 people per year who have an addiction to drugs or alcohol and provide harm reduction, motivational and relapse prevention supports as well as counselling and a structured day programme.

The next Structured Day Programme will commence on July 18th and is open to anyone who has one month sobriety. It is a 15 week 1-2 day a week therapeutic programme which brings clients on a journey to delve deeper into their addiction.

Turas services are free and open to everyone who would like support.