Aware provides support, education and information services around depression and bipolar disorder, for both individuals and also concerned family members/friends. Support services include nationwide Support Groups; a Support Line open 365 days a year (1800 80 48 48; 10am-10pm), and a Support Mail service (firstname.lastname@example.org). Aware’s support services provide a space where people can talk through concerns, acknowledge thoughts and feelings, and focus on helpful actions they can take to feel better. The Aware website contains extensive information on all services above, as well as the organisation’s programmes for teens aged 15-18 (delivered to 28,000 students nationwide each year) and Wellness@Work programmes. An archive of lectures is also available to watch or listen back on the website, featuring experts on topics related to mental health and wellbeing.
Who can contact Aware?
The support services are primarily aimed at anyone who is concerned about depression or bipolar disorder, whether for themselves or someone they care about. Or if someone is struggling with life and just not sure where to turn, Aware may be able to help and signpost to a relevant agency.
What happens when you contact Aware?
If you contact the Aware Support Line or Support Mail services, a trained Aware volunteer will listen to your particular concerns and will work with you to identify helpful actions available to you. On the Support Mail service, a response is guaranteed within 24 hours.
In Aware Support Groups, if you are attending for the first time, there is no need to book in advance or to have a referral: simply turn up 10-15 minutes ahead of the start time (venues and start times are all availble on aware.ie). There is no pressure on you to share anything unless you wish to: the support groups are aimed at facilitating peer support and the sharing of coping skills and tips.
Aware also offers educational Life Skills programmes based on principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These free programmes are offered in four phases each year (generally Jan./Apr./Sept./Nov.) and are available both in a Group setting (locations nationwide) or Online. Studies on both programmes have shown a clinically significant positive impact on symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Taking the first step
Aware recognises that taking the first step to help can be a very difficult one, but it is the easier option in the long run. Depression or bipolar can have a significant impact on the person’s life and indeed their relationships with family and friends, if left unchecked. Thousands of people experience depression or bipolar disorder every year and it is possible to recover.
Every day, hundreds of people reach out to Aware. If you are concerned for yourself or someone you care about, make today the day that you reach out and take the first step towards help.
For further information www.aware.ie