Aware write for Stand this World Mental Health Day, offering advice and support to students and non students alike. There is always people willing to help, and you should always reach out if you are feeling depressed or overwhelmed. They also suggest great ways for us all to get involved and take action through fundraising.
Aware is the national organisation providing support, education and information to individuals and families impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and related mood disorders. Aware is also committed to working towards preventing mental illness by educating and empowering people to look after their mental health through adult, school and workplace based education programmes.
If you think you may be experiencing depression, Aware recommends that you speak to your GP or a mental health professional. This will help you to get a correct diagnosis and decide which approach to treatment is best for you. It is very important to reach out, ask for help and avail of the services available.
Aware provides support, education and information services to include:
Aware support services offer a space where people can talk through concerns, explore available options and learn ways to manage depression, bipolar disorder and minimise the impact it has on their lives.
- Support Line (Freephone)
Call 1800 80 48 48 seven days a week 10am-10pm.
- Support Mail
Email anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can expect an answer within 24hrs.
- Support Groups
Nationwide face-to-face support groups. See www.aware.ie for information on times and locations.
Aware aims to educate and empower people to look after their mental health through adult education programmes.
- Life Skills Group & Life Skills Online
6-week programme based on principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
- Relatives & Friends Programme
4-week education and support programme for relatives and friends of someone who is experiencing depression or bipolar.
*All public programmes are free of charge.
There are many ways to fundraise for Aware. You can get involved by making a donation online, holding a fundraiser or taking part in one of our events. Examples include hosting an event such as a coffee morning or fancy dress party, taking part in our Christmas Run or St Patrick’s Day Harbour2Harbour Walk, challenging yourself to a sky dive or Camino trek – or design your own fundraiser! We are always delighted to hear about the fun, inventive fundraising ideas that people have. More information and ideas at www.aware.ie/fundraise
The annual Aware Christmas Run is coming up on Saturday 9th December in the Phoenix Park. The event now attracts over 2,000 people and is getting bigger and better each year. All are welcome – serious runners along with those who are more interested in a fun and festive walk/run with friends, family or colleagues. There is a 5K and 10K option and the run has an AAI permit and chip timing. Get into the Christmas spirit with friends, colleagues or family – Santa hats, elf costumes and Christmas jumpers are all welcome, with spot prizes on the day for the most festive outfits! For more information and to register, visit www.aware.ie/events/christmas-run-2017/