28 May 2014
Aware Defeat Depression is putting additional resources into Newry during the month of June to encourage people to use their services.
Aware Defeat Depression run a Support Group in Ballybot House fortnightly on a Wednesday at 7:30pm. The Support Group welcomes people with depression and also those that care for someone with the illness of depression into a safe and caring environment. The Groups help those attending understand the illness of depression and supports them to speak freely about how they are feeling as well as allowing them to share information, discuss options and support each other in their journey to recovery.
The Support group will be hosting two special open nights on Wednesday 4 June and Wednesday 18 June at 7:30pm for people to come along and find out exactly what a support group is and see how it can help them or someone they care for. The two facilitators, Carol and Sinead will be on hand to have a chat with you over a cup of tea or coffee and give out information about depression, the support group and the other services offered by Aware Defeat Depression.
Following on from the two Support Group open days, Aware Defeat Depression will be holding a Living Life to The Full programme in Newry Library. This is a six week programme based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is particularly helpful for people experiencing low mood, stress and/or mild to moderate depression. Living Life to The Full teaches skills which can be used in everyday life. The course is open and completely free for people to attend. To book a place get in touch with Aware Defeat Depression today on 028 9035 7820 or register on their website www.aware-ni.org
Siobhan Doherty, Chief Executive of Aware Defeat Depression said,
“It is very important for us to place a greater focus on our services into Newry City Centre over the month of June. Latest figures from the Department of Health show that almost 13% of adults are currently living with the illness of depression in Northern Ireland.
“We have opened up our services in Newry to members of the public that need our help and support and I would encourage people to avail of this fantastic opportunity. Depression can be a very isolating illness and it’s important that people with depression, bipolar disorder, low mood, stress or anxiety know that they do not have to be alone and that we will be there to
support them throughout every stage of their recovery.
“I would encourage anyone interested to go along to the Support Group on the open nights and find out if it’s something that could help them. If it is, then our Living Life to The Full programme may also be useful.