Strategic Plan 2019 - 2024

Strategic Plan 2019 - 2024

Thank you to those who completed our Strategic Plan survey, unfortunately the survey has now closed and we are collating the results. If you requested an interest in participating in the focus groups, a member of the team will be in touch with you.    If you have any questions about this survey or the Strategic Plan, please email Karen Collins, AWARE Chief Executive on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Kaz Hawkins Song - Don't Slip Away

Kaz Hawkins Song - Don't Slip Away

Download the Kaz Hawkins Charity Single by clicking on 'buy' below. The song costs £1.50* with the option to donate more if you wish.

What is this? AWARE is absolutely delighted to partner up with our ambassador, Kaz Hawkins to sell this charity single, "Don't Slip Away" which she has written for AWARE. All proceeds from this song will go directly to support AWARE - the national depression charity for Northern Ireland. 

How to download: The song costs £1.50* to download with the option to donate more if you would like. To buy the single, click on 'buy' in the blue writing above. This will then link you to an external website called 'Bandcamp.'  You can then make your purchase of £1.50 or more using PayPal or any major credit or debit card. Once the song is purchased, you will have the option to download onto iTunes, please follow on-screen instructions. 

Does AWARE receive all the proceeds? There are a couple of very small admin fees which we must pay to bandcamp, but after that, AWARE will receive all proceeds from this song. The artist does not benefit from any sales of this song. The proceeds of the song will be put directly back into the services offered by AWARE including educating and supporting people throughout Northern Ireland on the importance of looking after our mental health and the signs and symptoms of illnesses like depression. 

Why did Kaz write this song for AWARE? Kaz has been very public about her struggle with depression and her fight to overcome the trauma of the past. It is her hope that the song will give people hope not to take drastic action in dark days. She hopes her survival through the horrific experiences she suffered throughout her life will connect with listeners. In Kaz Hawkins’ continuous campaign to use her music to increase awareness around depression, this single will be the first release from her new album Don’t You Know. The single will only be available direct from AWARE until her album is officially released at Belfast Cathedral on 22nd July where Kaz will also be donating a percentage of album sales on the night to AWARE.

I have depression, can AWARE help me? AWARE is a Northern Ireland based charity with lots of help and support for people struggling with the illness of depression and bipolar disorder. We offer self-help support groups which are totally free and no referral is required, you just turn up when the support group is on and someone will be there to welcome you and give you more information about how the group can help. We have 24 Support Groups throughout Northern Ireland, click this link to find your local Support Group. AWARE also deliver mental health and well being programmes into communities, schools, colleges, universities and workplaces across Northern Ireland. These programmes include our suite of Mood Matters programmesLiving Life to the FullMental Health First Aid and Mindfulness.

I do not wish to buy the song; but can I still make a donation to the charity? Yes, this is not a problem. You can still make a donation to AWARE by clicking here. You will have the option to make a one off donation or sign up to make a monthly, quarterly or yearly donation. 

How do I follow AWARE on Social Media? AWARE is very active on Social Media and like to regularly update followers with the latest information on depression, training programmes, self-help links and news on what we are doing as a charity to help combat stigma and encourage more people to seek help if they are suffering. Check us out on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

The small print: *VAT charge added to the sale of each song. 

For more information on the services provided by AWARE or to ask a question, please Contact Us

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Take5 - Steps to wellbeing

Take 5 steps to wellbeing

Connect Connect with the people around you: family, friends, colleagues and neighbours at home, work, school or in your local community.

Think of these relationships as the cornerstones of your life and spend time developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day. Be active Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance.

Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity that you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Take notice Be observant, look for something beautiful or remark on something unusual. Savour the moment, whether you are on a bus or in a taxi, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

  • Keep learning. Don’t be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a course.
  • Take on a different responsibility, fix a bike, learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food.
  • Set a challenge you will enjoy. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.
  • Give Do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group.
  • Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.

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In Memory

In Memory

Click here to make a donation to AWARE

Gifts in lieu of flowers to AWARE will help to change lives in memory of your loved one. These gifts will help AWARE to deliver our life changing Educational and Training programmes to young people, those in later years, parents and employees. AWARE has 25 support groups across NI which are provided free to those suffering from depression, carers and family members. 

Our work has an immediate impact on the lives of thousands of people every day, often at some of the most difficult times in a person’s life.

How we can help:

Supporting AWARE through gifts in lieu of flowers is easy and simple to do. We know there are many other difficult decisions to make at this time. Please contact our Fundraising team on 028 9035 7820 for support and advice.

If you are placing a family notice in the press you may wish to ask people to make a donation instead of sending flowers. In this case the following wording may be helpful:

“Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, can be made payable to AWARE and posted to AWARE, 40-44 Duncairn Gdns BT15 2GG”.

We thank and recognise every gift

Everyone who makes a donation in memory of your loved one will receive a personal thank you from AWARE, as long as we have their contact details. AWARE will also send the next of kin, or the preferred representative, an update on the total amount received. All the money we receive is spent within Northern Ireland.


Leaving a gift in your will for AWARE

AWARE is the only mental health charity in Northern Ireland working exclusively for those with depression and bipolar disorder. Set up in Derry in 1996, we now have an established network of 23 support groups in rural and urban areas across the country, which are run by our trained volunteers.

We offer a range of mental health awareness programmes to people in schools and community settings teaching people the importance of looking after their mental health. These programmes include our six-week Living Life to The Full programme which is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and our suite of Mood Matters programmes which we offer to young people, adults, parents with babies and older people. All of the programmes we deliver are clinically governed.

Gifts in Wills

Depression is currently the leading cause of disability worldwide. We’re here to make sure that anyone with depression in Northern Ireland has somewhere to turn to for advice and support.

In order for us to reach out to as many people as we can, we rely on the generosity of people through donations, fundraising and gifts in wills. Your gift could help fund a local support group or deliver a mental health awareness programme into a class of 30 young people in secondary schools. Any gift that you can give will go directly towards our services to help make a difference to people whose lives have been affected by the illness of depression.

Read more about the Unspoken issues around making a will from Will To Give. 

Contact Us

To speak to someone in confidence about leaving a gift in will, please contact the Fundraising Team in our Belfast Office on 02890 357820 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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