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17 July 2017

Browns Restaurants appoints AWARE as their first ever Charity of the Year partner

Multi award winning Browns Restaurant Group has announced a new partnership with AWARE – the national depression charity for Northern Ireland. The partnership will help AWARE make a real difference in supporting and educating more people on the illness of depression in the North West.

Having recently been awarded Best Food Tourism Experience in Northern Ireland 2017, Browns is committed to providing the community with the finest cuisine in the North West at two award winning locations and Browns sought to support a charity throughout 2017 which has the community at its heart....

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07 July 2017

AWARE hosting first ever zorbing event on the shores of Lough Neagh

AWARE – the national depression charity for Northern Ireland is hosting ‘Lough Neagh in a Bubble’ on Sunday 6 August - the first ever Zorbing event held on the shores of Lough Neagh. Whilst the River Lagan in Belfast is a familiar site for these giant zorbs, it has never happened on Lough Neagh before so don’t miss out on your chance to be one of the first to Zorb the Lough.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, Alderman Gareth Wilson said,

 “Lough Neagh in a bubble is a great team challenge and I would encourage,...

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12 May 2017

Kaz Hawkins releases 'Don't Slip Away' single for AWARE

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, AWARE Ambassador Kaz Hawkins has released a single she was written especially for AWARE entitled, 'Don't Slip Away.' The song is priced at a very modest £1.50 with the option to donate more if you wish. The proceeds from this song will go directly back into AWARE's services providing education and support on the illness of depression throughout Northern Ireland.

The song is available to buy directly from the AWARE website by clicking on this link 

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11 May 2017

AWARE featured on UTV Live as part of Mental Health Awareness Week

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, AWARE were featured on a special report by Jane Loughrey on Depression on UTV Live at 6pm.

The report featured Lindsay Robinson from 'Have You Seen That Girl?' talk about her own personal experience of postnatal depression and how it affected her. The report then went on to show an AWARE Support Group in action with an interview from Michael Mooney, AWARE's Support Group facilitator. During the interview Michael spoke about how depression felt for him and how it changed him as a person,...

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08 May 2017

Ulster GAA choose AWARE as their 2017 Charity Partner

On Mental Health Awareness Week it is fitting that Ulster GAA have formally linked with AWARE as their charity partner for 2017.

AWARE is the national depression charity for the north of Ireland. AWARE is the only charity working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar disorder. AWARE deliver mental health and wellbeing programmes into communities, schools, colleges, universities and workplaces; including programmes such as Mood Matters, Living Life to the Full, Mental Health First Aid and Mindfulness.

Speaking about the relationship...

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08 May 2017

AWARE urges people to ‘walk their way to a better mood.’

Monday 8 May marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. Ahead of their annual Mood Walk events, AWARE - the national depression charity for Northern Ireland, is urging people to get out doors and enjoy some light exercise to help improve their overall mental health and wellbeing.

Exercise is said to have a positive effect on a person’s mental wellbeing and helps reduce the risk of depression, stress and anxiety. When we exercise, the brain releases a hormone called ‘endorphins’ also known as ‘the happy hormone’ which is known to lift your mood and make...

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02 May 2017

AWARE linking up with Michaela Foundation and QUB for Wellness Week

AWARE is delighted to link up with the Michaela Foundation and Queen's University Belfast for Wellness Week taking place from Tuesday 2 May to Thursday 4 May. The FREE sessions is open to student and non-students.

The aim of Wellness Week is to encourage people to prioritise their health and wellbeing. Patrick from AWARE will be delivering a talk on Thursday covering the area of 'dealing with unhelpful thoughts.'

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20 April 2017

Battle against mental health issues continues with CIPR NI & AWARE partnership

AWARE is delighted to be selected as the chosen charity partner for The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in Northern Ireland.

The charity was appointed during a recent committee meeting after a unanimous vote from the regional team.

AWARE has been supporting those in Northern Ireland affected by depression and mental health disorders since 1996, and now operates 24 support groups across the country.

The CIPR NI members and regional committee will be fundraising to support the implementation of further Mood...

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19 April 2017

Landmark run in East Belfast supporting AWARE

Lace up and experience the first ever Connswater 10k and 5k flat fast run through Belfast City’s newest landmarks.  Take in the beauty of East Belfast's CS Lewis Square, Victoria Park, Connswater Greenway, Sam Thompson Bridge and the Harbour Estate. 

Connswater 10K & 5K is the newest community running event in the Belfast running Calendar. This exciting new event has been organised by Move a Muscle, a Social Enterprise organisation, established with the objective of helping people improve their physical and mental health through exercise.  Our first event...

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06 April 2017

AWARE and Queen's Collaborate on a New Online Support Groups Service

Research has shown that those experiencing depression may feel embarrassed about seeking help from health professionals and ultimately decide not to ask for support at all.

This study aims to give those people an alternative option to face-to-face support by developing a peer-led online support service using video conferencing technology, such as Google Hangouts, which users can access via their home computer, laptop or mobile phone.

Dr Paul Best, from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s,...

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30 March 2017

AWARE is giving people in Larne and Derry the opportunity to learn ‘Mental Health First Aid’

AWARE, the national depression charity for Northern Ireland is delighted to offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to people in Larne and Derry/Londonderry at no charge.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is open to all members of the community, particularly those from professional groups including health workers, teachers, front line public sector and voluntary sector workers as well as members of the general public. Any interested person can attend.

MHFA teaches participants how to recognise the symptoms of mental health...

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28 March 2017

AWARE celebrates opening the 24th Support Group

We are delighted to open a new Support Group in Carrowdore bringing the total number of AWARE Support Groups in Northern Ireland to 24. 

For more information on your nearest support group visit

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15 March 2017

COMPETITION: Framed and signed Michael Conlan singlet up for grabs

AWARE - the national depression charity for Northern Ireland has teamed up with their ambassador Michael Conlan to offer a signed, framed singlet ahead of his upcoming debut in New York on St Patricks Day. The singlet was donated from Michael himself and kindly framed by North Belfast owned company, Acorn Professional Picture Framing as a way of showing their support for the charity. 

The West Belfast boxer joined North...

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15 February 2017

"I couldn’t bring myself to face anyone - I could hardly face myself in the mirror." Cliona's story of depression

My story of depression - from AWARE Volunteer Cliona McCarney

Work? A headache? Cramps? Babysitting again? Which excuse hadn’t I used for a while? I’d used all of them, and more, a lot recently. I was tangled up in a web of my own lies as I struggled to come up with yet another excuse for why I couldn’t meet a friend for a coffee. Depression. The darkest, most terrifying time of my life. The truth is that I couldn’t bring myself to face anyone - I could hardly face myself in the mirror. I’ve always been a bit of a control...

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06 February 2017

“I didn’t speak up, and I didn’t seek help. That is my biggest regret.” These are the words of 19 year old Emma Norris who suffered from depression as a teenager.

“I didn’t speak up, and I didn’t seek help. That is my biggest regret.” These are the words of 19 year old Emma Norris who suffered from depression as a teenager.

To mark the beginning of Children’s Mental Health Week, Emma documented her own personal journey with depression and the effect it had on her education and personal life. Emma suffered from depression in her teens when she was a year 14 student at Aquinas School in Belfast. Her depression was so severe that she was forced to withdraw form...

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