Aware is Ireland’s national organisation providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and other mood related conditions. Founded in 1985 the organisation developed in response to the clear need for information, understanding and support, both for individuals with a diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder as well as family members supporting a loved one. For more information, please visit www.aware.ie
Aware has three free support services (for adults):
- Support Line 7 days, 10am-10pm – available to anyone concerned about their mood or their loves ones to receive support & information
- Support Mail any time, response within 24 hours, encrypted – available to anyone concerned about their mood or their loves ones to receive support & information
- Support & Self-Care Groups take place in locations nationwide – available to anyone concerned about their mood who would like to meet peers who understand. They are recovery focused where participants share their experiences as well as tips for coping, etc.
Aware also has free mental health education programmes that run a number of times per year (mostly for adults, except last programme)
- Life Skills Group Programme take place in locations nationwide – is aimed at individuals who are experiencing mild to moderate depression, stress and/or anxiety and would like to learn new ways to deal with life’s challenges. Based on the principles of CBT.
- Life Skills Online an online version of the Life Skills programme above
- Relatives & Friends Programme takes place in locations nationwide – aims to provide helpful information about depression and bipolar disorder, provide practical skills and address the challenges faced each day when supporting a loved one.
- Life Skills for School Programme takes place in the classroom, organised by teachers, ages 15-18 – it is a curated version of the Life Skills Programme that makes it suitable and relatable to teens
Aware’s website has a lot of information sources for people to find out more about depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, tips for coping, supporting a loved one, resources for parents as well as bank of lectures on a wide variety of topics: