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

A Derry born charity, we now have two offices; one in Londonderry and a second office in Belfast. AWARE has an established network of 23 support groups in rural and urban areas across the country, which are run by our trained volunteers. Support groups welcome people with depression and bipolar disorder as well as carers for people with the illness. We also deliver Information Outreach sessions and attend community events to give more information about AWARE and our services.

AWARE deliver mental health and well being programmes into communities, schools, colleges, universities and workplaces. These programmes include our suite of Mood Matters programmes, Living Life to the FullMental Health First Aid and Mindfulness

AWARE has a fundraising department organising fundraising events in schools and communities throughout Northern Ireland. 

At AWARE, we believe that the people who use our services should have a say in how they are developed and delivered, so we employ people with experience of depression at every level in the organisation, including the Board of Trustees.

We rely on our dedicated and caring volunteers who run our support groups. Many of our volunteers began as service users themselves and as such are an excellent asset to us and keep us informed on staying in touch with people's needs. Become an AWARE volunteer. 


AWARE’s Vision

A future where people can talk about their mental health openly, access services appropriate to their needs and have the skills and knowledge to maintain positive mental health


AWARE’s Mission

  • To promote emotional health and wellbeing
  • To help people build resilience and maintain positive mental health
  • To ensure people with depression and bipolar disorder can access appropriate support
  • To increase public understanding of depression and reduce the stigma surrounding the illness.


AWARE’s Values

Above all else, we value our service users.  We will treat everyone with dignity, respect and compassion.  We are transparent in all our work and accountable to our stakeholders.


AWARE's Strategic Objectives

  • To support people
  • To reach out
  • To have impact
  • To deliver excellence 


AWARE is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC100561. Company No. N.I. 30447