AWARE hosting public talk in Letterkenny with Aware (RoI)
Northern Ireland depression charity, AWARE has teamed up with Aware (RoI) to host a joint public talk in Letterkenny titled ‘Let’s Talk About It…A Conversation About Depression’, taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal on Thursday 13th September from 7-9pm (refreshments from 6.30pm).
Open to the public and free of charge, the event is designed to open-up the conversation around mental health and depression, as well as signposting the support, education and information services available to people in Derry and Donegal and surrounding areas. The keynote will be delivered by Aware and AWARE (NI) founder and renowned mental health expert, Dr. Pat McKeon.
At the event, Director of Services at Aware, Brid O’Meara and Head of Business Development at AWARE (NI), Tom McEneaney, will provide an overview of national and local services available to individuals impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, with Raymond Guthrie, Assistant Director of Nursing providing details on the HSE Mental Health Support Services available in Donegal. An Aware service user will also offer a personal perspective on their experience of depression and the supports and strategies that have contributed towards the positive management of their mental health.
Tom McEneaney from AWARE will be addressing the public talk and said: “We are delighted to partner with Aware to deliver this very important public talk. Depression is an illness that affects so many people and is still often undiagnosed in a lot of people. The aim of public talks such as these is to challenge the stigma that many with a mental illness such as depression still face today and instead open up the conversation about depression and how we can help and support people with the illness.”
Brid O’Meara, Director of Services at Aware commented: “Depression can be a very isolating condition but with the appropriate supports, recovery is possible. We would urge anyone who is impacted by depression, whether directly themselves or indirectly as a loved one, to consider attending this event and availing of the opportunity to access information, support and importantly, understanding from those who are going through similar experiences.”