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AWARE to host public talk in Newtownards

AWARE to host public talk in Newtownards

Published on Thursday, 14 January 2016

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AWARE will be holding the sixth in a series of public talks in The Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards on the 26th January 2016 at 7pm (refreshments at 6.45pm). As the only mental health charity in Northern Ireland dedicated to helping those with depression, AWARE hope that the public talks will help de-stigmatise the illness of depression and encourage more people to talk about it.

AWARE believe that it is important that people with depression and those close to them, know how to access relevant and important information on the illness to help them better understand it, and help them in their journey to recovery.

Each public talk will follow a similar format with several guest speakers invited. AWARE will have experts in the field of mental health to talk about depression and explain the illness from a professional point of view as well as someone who has used their services and is now recovering from depression. Speaking at the event will be a carer giving a carers perspective on what it is like looking after someone with depression and a GP talking about their experience of assessing and treating depression. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the speakers and access further information about AWARE’s services.

AWARE have 23 support groups in Northern Ireland and we hope to open one in Newtownards early in 2016.

Speaking about AWARE’s Support Groups, Siobhan Doherty, Chief Executive of AWARE said,

“AWARE is developing a series of public talks as it is so important for us to reach out to communities to let them know we are here.  We are in Ards on 26TH January to assess if there is a need or desire for us to establish a Support Group in that area. 

“Support Groups offer vital support to individuals suffering depression, their families and carers.  We are in the town really to let people know what we do, to get them talking about depression and to ensure that people know us and if they need us – then they can get in touch.”

Speaking about AWARE’s public talks , Dr Lauren Megahey a Psychiatry Registrar

“I think events like this are really important, to spread the awareness of depression, share some information about depression, but most importantly, to enable people to know they are not alone.  I think that having a service user and carer speaking at events is very powerful, so that people can hear first-hand accounts of experiences, including how help was obtained.”  “It is really important to seek help if you are feeling unwell.  Realising there is a problem is the first step.  Sometimes when a person is very depressed, it may actually be family or friends who notice there is a problem.  Talking to family, friends, a voluntary agency or a professional is really important.  There are lots of services out there that offer support - please don't suffer alone.”

“Depression is very common with about 1 in 4 of us suffering from this at some point.  We need to talk about depression, to get the message out there that help is available.”

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