10 October 2013
Local charity, Aware Defeat Depression is holding two major events in the City of Culture this weekend with the first on World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2013.
Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly attended the event on 10 October which featured singers from St Cecilia’s College from Derry. The helped Aware sing through the stigma of depression on 10 October at the iconic Peace Bridge in the City. Other schools which supported the event included St Columbs, Oakgrove and St Josephs. Other depression awareness events in the city this weekend include the Health Fair in the Everglades Hotel on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2013.
Siobhan Doherty, Chief Executive of Aware Defeat Depression has encouraged local people to support both events,
“With the rate of depression increasing in Northern Ireland, it was great to see so many people out supporting our work and showing their support for all those with mental illness and depression in Northern Ireland.
“If you were unable to make it on Thursday, why not go along to the Health Fair on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October in the Everglades Hotel. Admission is free and there will be lots to treat yourself to including aromatherapy, reflexology, exclusive clothes and hand-made jewellery.”
Also attending the event is the Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Diana Cody. Diana was delighted to
come out and support Aware on such an important day across the World.
“World Mental Health Day is internationally recognised as a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. By bringing this unique event to Londonderry today the charity is bringing home the importance of recognising mental illness and the fact there is help out there”
“The work that Aware Defeat Depression is doing to help tackle the stigma and raise awareness of depression is fantastic and must be commended.”
Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly, is glad to see Aware Defeat Depression chose Derry to celebrate World Mental Health Day.
“I think it’s fantastic that Aware Defeat Depression have chosen Derry to celebrate such an important and well known day.
“A lot of charities based in Derry do hard work to support people with mental health problems and Aware Defeat Depression
is well known for the work they do in schools and around the community.
“It is an honour to stand side by side with local schools and community representatives to support all those in our city, and beyond with the illness of depression.”