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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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27 January 2017

AWARE add lots of exciting new events to Fundraising calendar for 2017

AWARE is delighted to announce the events programme for 2017 with new events such as zorbing in Lough Neagh and a Europa abseil added the list.

As a charity, fundraising is vital in order to allow us to continue our services. Your support is so important to us. So why not take on one of these exciting challenges and help fundraise for the national depression charity in Northern Ireland.

ALL the money you raise  from these events is put directly back into the services of AWARE and educating and supporting people with depression in Northern Ireland. AWARE deliver...

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09 January 2017

AWARE comments ahead of Prime Ministers speech today

AWARE, the national depression charity for Northern Ireland has today welcomed the pledge from British Prime Minister, Theresa May to help more people with depression and reduce the number of suicides throughout the United Kingdom.

The statement is expected to be today by the British Prime Minister in what will be her first major speech of 2017. During the speech on domestic policy, the PM will detail how employers can better support employees forced to take time off work due to mental illness. The Conservative Party Leader will also outline steps that schools can take to better...

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04 January 2017

125 swimmers brave the cold for the AWARE New Year Splash event

More than 100 brave fundraisers made a splash in the chilly waters of Newcastle Beach to raise money and awareness for AWARE - the national depression charity for Northern Ireland.

On Monday 2 January 2017, 125 people participated in the ‘AWARE New Year Splash’ and shook off the last of the festive excesses by taking the freezing plunge into the Irish Sea. An amazing £8000 was raised from sponsorship money with more money coming in. Well done everyone! 

After the splash, the freezing swimmers warmed up with a well-earned complimentary cup of hot chocolate and...

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04 January 2017

AWARE opens permanent Coalisland Support Group

AWARE – the national depression charity for Northern Ireland, is reaching out to people affected by depression and bipolar disorder across Coalisland when it opens a permanent fortnightly Support Group in the town.

AWARE has 23 Support Groups across the North bringing invaluable peer-support to people experiencing similar problems so they can support each other and help one another.

The AWARE Coalisland Support Group will take place in the Mill Court on a Tuesday night from 7pm to 8:30pm with the group beginning on Tuesday 10 January...

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03 January 2017

Beat the January blues with these helpful tips

Christmas is over and so is the excitement that comes with it. The decorations are down and for many it’s time to go back to school or work. The January blues are usually a result of the cold, dark weather and the fact that we often overindulge in luxurious foods over Christmas which results in us feeling sluggish and tired.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to boost your mood and help make you feel better. So now is the time to make a brand new start and improve your overall mental health and wellbeing. Follow these simple steps and see if...

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14 December 2016

Coping with depression during the holiday season

It is Christmas time and most of us will be familiar with that famous song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But is it?

Christmas is a time filled with parties, social gatherings and celebrations with family, friends and colleagues. But for people with depression, Christmas can be a very difficult time.  There are many reasons as to why the holiday season could intensify symptoms of depression including loneliness, financial pressures or family stress.

AWARE – the national depression charity for Northern Ireland has released their 10 top...

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12 December 2016

Shine a light on mental wellbeing this Christmas

Maxol and AWARE shine a light on mental health for young people with special Christmas Candle available at Maxol forecourts throughout Northern Ireland. The perfect Christmas stocking filler for just £4

The perfect stocking filler, the high quality, Irish-made candle is for sale at just £4 at every Maxol station till-point with proceeds going towards Maxol’s charity partner, AWARE and their Mood Matters Young People initiative

Mood Matters Young People is a mental health awareness programme aimed at 14-18 year olds. The programme gives the young people the the...

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24 November 2016

Vote for Emma Norris in the WalkNI Awards

AWARE volunteer Emma Norris has always been open about her experience of depression. Earlier this year, Emma was too unwell to celebrate her 18th birthday and instead decided to mark the occasion with 18 of her friends by participating in the AWARE Mood Walk. Emma has been shortlisted in the Walk NI Awards for 'Outstanding Achievement through Walking' and needs your vote! By completing the survey you could also be in with a chance to win walking clothes worth £250!

Complete the survey here 



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15 November 2016

AWARE offer support to people with depression currently on waiting lists

Today it emerged that the targets are not being met by Northern Ireland health trusts with regards to treatment for people with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.

Recognising this is AWARE, Northern Ireland's national depression charity. AWARE offer services to those with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Services that AWARE offer include support groups which operate...

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10 November 2016

AWARE celebrate their second Mindfulness Day

AWARE is the national depression charity for Northern Ireland. On November 10, AWARE celebrated their annual Mindfulness day to encourage people to place a greater importance on their mental health by using the practice of Mindfulness on a daily basis. The AWARE Mindfulness Day took place in the Glasshouse, Stormont and welcomed a range of speakers from Queen’s University, Health and Social Care Trust as well as well renowned PR agency, JComms.  The speakers all came together to discuss the important role mindfulness plays in their daily personal and professional lives.

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08 November 2016

Splash your way into the New Year

Splash your way into the New Year by taking part in the New Year Splash event on Newcastle Beach on Monday 2 January 2017. The splash event is an annual event organised by Northern Ireland’s national depression charity, AWARE with support from the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.

AWARE’s New Year Splash is all your New Year Resolutions rolled in to one! Once everyone has completed the dip, they will be welcomed into the beautiful Slieve Donard Resort and Spa to enjoy a cup of delicious hot chocolate and shortbread. The...

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02 November 2016

Leaving a gift in your will for AWARE

AWARE is part of ‘Will to Give,’ a group made up of Northern Ireland charities who have come together with the aim to promote gifts in wills to local charities working for local people. Over half of people in the UK have not made a will. Writing your will gives you the opportunity to leave a gift to your loved ones or leave a gift for a charitable cause.

AWARE is proud to be part of Will to Give and is the only mental health charity in Northern Ireland part of this fantastic group. We are encouraging anyone that is thinking of leaving a gift in...

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01 November 2016

IKEA and AWARE collaborate to help create better wellbeing at home

IKEA Belfast has announced their partnership with local mental health charity, AWARE in an effort to educate customers, co-workers and the wider public that improvements to mental health can start at home.

As well as raising awareness of how we can look after our wellbeing at home, the store will aim to raise £20,000 which will enable the charity to deliver approx. 90 Mood Matters for Young People programmes in schools throughout Northern Ireland.

The Mood Matters Programme is aimed at 14-18 year olds and gives them the knowledge and skills to maintain good mental health...

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