We know that Christmas can be a tough time for many people, as actress Mary McEvoy says above – especially if depression or a related illness is an issue for you or a loved one. While many of our face-to-face support groups will take short breaks over the holidays, Aware will be there to provide extra support if you need it over the Christmas and New Year period.
Our telephone helpline will be available on loCall 1890 303 302 every day. Opening hours are as they normally are: Mon-Wed, 10am-10pm; Thurs-Sun, 10am-1am. Outside of these hours, please remember that the Samaritans (1850 60 90 90) and 1Life (FreeFone 1800 247 100) are each available 24 hours a day.
Online depression support groups will also take place on Aware.ie most days as normal (the exceptions are Friday 23 December and Monday 26 December). Registered users will have received the schedule by email – alternatively, you can log in to see the timetable in full.
Our email depression support service will also be available as normal over the holiday period. However, response times may seem slower than usual because of the increased number of bank holidays. This means that a response in one working day as promised may stretch to 3 or 4 days in total.
We hope you have a safe, calm and enjoyable Christmas. However, if you are feeling the pressure, do get in touch and use the support services we’ve listed above. The earlier you share any troubling issues, the less pressure you’ll be taking on yourself.
Lastly, a huge thank you to our volunteers, as well as to everyone who has supported Aware fundraising events throughout the year. You have made it possible for us to be there as a support over the holidays and we know everyone who uses our services appreciates it.