Are you supporting or caring for someone who experiences depression or bipolar disorder? This is the programme specifically designed for you.
This free* four week programme aims to provide helpful information about depression and bipolar disorder. It provides practical skills that will help you to deal with the situation you and your loved one are in, addressing many of the particular challenges you face.
The next Relatives & Friends Programme will
start week beginning 3 September 2018.
Registration will open on 13 August 2018.
We are confident that this programme will help:
- Increase your knowledge
- You to cope more effectively
- Improve communication with your loved one
- Offer practical tips on self care
- Lessen the impact of the experience of depression or bipolar disorder on your relationship
- Assist you in supporting your loved one
At the end of the programme, you will take away your own personal action plan.
The programme is delivered in a workshop style to offer a participative learning environment. Each session is 90 minutes long.
The workshops provide an opportunity for discussion but at no stage is anyone asked to share information if they do not wish to. Each group will contain a maximum of 20 people.
It is strongly recommended that you register only if you can attend the complete duration of 4 weeks, as each week compliments the previous week and builds upon it.
*The Relatives & Friends Education Programme is free however a refundable** booking fee of €30 is now in place to ensure that people who really want to do the programme actually have the opportunity to do so. If you are a student, unemployed, an OAP or hold a medical card you are eligible for a reduced refundable booking fee of €10.
**Please note the refund of the booking fee can be requested by calling Aware head office on 01 6617211 once all four modules are completed.
Feedback from past participants:
“I thought the programme was very well organised helpful and delivery excellent. I have endured a long bumpy journey and felt isolated lonely confused and didn’t know where to turn!! I have benefited from the new knowledge delivered and to realise there is support!”
“I thought it was great to be in a room with others in the same boat – very comforting. Sharing experiences and hearing that the way I’m reacting is normal and giving me information how to help.”
“It is stuff I had in my head already, how important self care is etc. but the class really brought it home to me. It gave me strength to follow things through. It didn’t pretend to offer solutions to the problems but rather tools to help which I thought was very good as usually there is no magic solution.”
“It just made me feel better every week. To be with people that go through similar situations, have similar situations, have similar issues with loved ones too, sometimes have a little laugh about well known situations."