Aware NI Online Support Groups
AWARE also offer an online support group service. The group provides an opportunity to connect with others with similar experiences, to provide support and share information.
Our peer-led online support group is for anyone over 18 with an experience of depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. We offer this service for people who are unable or who don’t feel ready or able to access our face-to-face support groups. This may be because they live too far from where our face-to-face groups are located, they may feel anxious about talking in a group of people or there may be other factors that make coming out to a support group impossible.
The online support group is structured in a very similar way to our existing face-to-face groups. People will join the online group and will meet others in a confidential online setting. The difference between our face-to-face groups and the online group is that it will be delivered through the means of a Skype video call.
The online group will run weekly and group members will be asked to agree to be punctual, to treat the meeting as confidential and to be respectful and non-judgemental to other group members. The group meeting lasts an hour and will be facilitated by members of AWARE staff.
The purpose of our online support group is that you will come together, online, with others who are experiencing similar problems to your own. Through peer support you will find out more about depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder and the treatments and services available. The online support group will help you to share your experiences, discuss self-help strategies and coping skills that will help in the process of your recovery.
The online support group takes place on a Tuesday afternoon from 2.30pm - 3.30pm. You need to have Skype installed on your device, phone, tablet, laptop or PC and be logged in 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the call.