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World Mental Health Day 2020 

Navigating the 'New Normal'

COVID-19 has changed our lives and impacted our mental health significantly. Join us from 5-10 October as we reflect on navigating change and managing our mental health through uncertainty. We have a variety of events and programmes for you to get involved in throughout the week and we'll be posting useful mental health and self-care resources to help you manage feelings of stress and anxiety during these challenging times. 

What's On?

Free Mindfulness Sessions 

Monday 5th - Friday 9th October 2020

AWARE Board Member, Helen McDonnell of Indigo Life Coaching is running a free 5-day Mindfulness Challenge!

There will be two drop-in mindfulness sessions per day which will be delivered via Zoom. The sessions will provide an introduction to Mindfulness and its benefits. They will also provide practical exercises to introduce into your daily routine to help you manage your mental health during this period of uncertainty and change.

You can attend as little or as many sessions as you wish. We'll be taking on the challenge and attending one session every day for five days, to introduce some positive change into our lives!

The sessions are free, with an optional donation to AWARE to support our work. To register, click here.

Helen McDonnell tells us how mindfulness has helped her manage her mental health through lockdown.

Slieve Donard Trek

World Mental Health Day -  Saturday 10th October 2020

Join AWARE on Saturday 10th October 2020 and take on Slieve Donard to mark World Mental Health Day! Slieve Donard is the highest peak of the Mourne Mountains, a whopping 2789ft to be exact! The views from the summit are extraordinary and on a clear day, the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales, and Scotland may be seen, as well as the long stretch of Newcastle Beach. The AWARE Slieve Donard Trek event is managed by LIFE mountain experts and guides who will be on hand to ensure this is a safe and enjoyable walk up Slieve Donard. Please remember to follow government guidelines on social distancing. 

To find out more and to register, click here

Living Life to the Full - Online Life Skills Programme

Starting Tuesday 6th October 2020

We’re delighted to be able to offer a range of Living Life to the Full programmes online starting Tuesday 6th October. 

About the Course:

The Living life to the Full programme will be delivered via zoom over 6 sessions lasting approx. 2hrs each. This is a programme that can make a big difference to your life. It can help you manage your feelings when you are stressed, worried or depressed and learn simple practical skills to help you cope with life’s challenges. It looks more closely at the ways in which mental health can be impacted by life events and unhelpful thinking styles which may also then affect our physical health and overall enjoyment of life. To see course dates and to register, click here.

We also have a special Living Life to the Full course aimed at parents of premature babies, starting Monday 5th October. For more details, click here

Useful Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources

Mental Health Videos

This has been an extremely stressful time. It is totally normal to experience feelings of stress, anxiety and/or panic. Check out this video from AWARE Education & Training Officer, Marina McCully on how to calm yourself down during a panic/anxiety attack.

The Coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult and confusing time for young children. As our children adapt to change in their lives, it is important we check in with how they are feeling and teach them practices to improve their mental health. AWARE Mindfulness Trainers Noeleen Fitzgerald and Rachel Brady have demonstrated some simple mindfulness exercises taken from our Paws b mindfulness programme for primary school children.

AWARE is the depression charity for Northern Ireland and the only charity working exclusively for those with depression and bipolar disorder.

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