Aware was founded in 1985 by Dr. Patrick McKeon and a small but dedicated team of volunteers, many of whom had their own personal experience with depression or bipolar disorder. The organisation developed in response to the clear need for information, understanding and support, both for the individuals experiencing depression or bipolar disorder as well as family members supporting a loved one.
Since then, what began as one support group in Dublin has grown and flourished to become a nationwide presence which has saved many lives and has, for countless others, eased the suffering and distress that depression can bring.
Today the three pillars of Aware’s work are support, education and information. The organisation offers services to include Support & Self Care Groups, a Support Line and Support Mail, along with a range of positive mental health programmes designed to empower people with the knowledge, skills and tools to manage their mental health and live well.