Join Our Free Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshops


Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough (ABC) Council is encouraging local residents to check out its range of free workshops and online events aimed at exploring various aspects of mental health and wellbeing.

Led by ABC Council’s PEACE IV department in partnership with Women’s Aid Armagh and Down, and WAVE Trauma Centre, the free workshops are open to all residents in the ABC borough and will be rolled out over the next couple of months.

The suite of workshops will cover varied and interconnected topics such as trauma recovery, techniques to support positive mental health and wellbeing, and moving beyond the legacy of the troubles – aiming to help enhance skills, knowledge and support provision around these important areas.

Starting on Wednesday 26 May 2021, the workshops are as follows:

  • Why Self Care Matters Now: Wednesday 26 May 2021, 7pm-9pm. Focus point. Taking responsibility to protect and monitor your own physical, emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.
  • The Costs of Caring: Can Caring Cost Too Much? Wednesday 2 June 2021, 7pm-9pm. We are all susceptible to trauma and the cumulative costs of caring, both in our personal and professional lives, especially in increasingly difficult and uncertain times.
  • Why We Sleep: Wednesday 9 June 2021, 7pm-9pm. This workshop will uncover some of the mysteries of sleep and what we know of the functions of sleep and dreaming.
  • Misuse of Over-The-Counter Drugs: Wednesday 16 June 2021, 7pm-9pm. To become familiarised with the effects and side effects of the most commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medicines in Northern Ireland.
  • Supporting Children and Young People to Build Resilience During Covid-19: Wednesday 23 June 2021, 7pm-9pm. Understand resilience. Learn six common trauma-informed principles for building resilience.
  • Trauma, Growth, and Possibilities for the Helping Professions: Wednesday 30 June 2021, 7pm-9pm. Dealing with the negative effects of trauma is something that has been with us for millennia.
  • Speaking the Unspeakable – Communication and Covid-19: Wednesday 7 July 2021, 7pm-9pm. Communication: types of communication that transmits trauma.
  • Dealing with the Legacy of the Past in Northern Ireland: Wednesday 21 July 2021, 7pm-9pm. This workshop aims to provide an overview of the various initiatives developed in order to address the Legacy of the Past in Northern Ireland over the past 22 years since the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.
  • Brain Development in the Context of Childhood Trauma: Wednesday 28 July 2021, 6pm-9pm. This three-hour online workshop will provide an overview of how brain development can be adapted for survival as a result of early childhood trauma.

The project is funded by the PEACE IV programme, a cross-border initiative, financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). This programme has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.

More information and how to book

Open to all, book your place here. For more information contact .