Relatives & Friends Programme

Relatives & Friends Programme

The Relatives & Friends Programme is a psychoeducational programme designed specifically for those supporting a loved one experiencing depression or bipolar disorder. 

The free* programme, six hours over the course of four weeks, aims to provide helpful information about depression and bipolar disorder, provide practical skills and address the challenges faced each day when supporting a loved one. This programme is available to anyone over the age of 18 years.

The next Relatives & Friends Programme will
start week beginning 9 September 2019.
Registration will open on 19 August 2019.

What to expect

The programme aims to equip people with the tools to understand and support a loved one experiencing depression or bipolar disorder, while also focusing on the self-care of the supporter. 

The content addresses the signs and symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder, offers practical advice on self-care, teaches coping tools, communication skills and addresses the issues that arise for people who are supporting a loved one. At the end of the programme, you will take away your own personal action plan. 

The programme is delivered in 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.

We are confident that this programme will help to: 

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition which can affect thinking, energy, feelings and behaviour. Any one of us, irrespective of age, gender or background can be affected. Recovery is possible, early recognition and ongoing support are key to a positive outcome. To find out more about depression and how to recognise it, click here >>

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition which can affect thinking, energy, feelings and behaviour. It is characterised by periods of low (depressed) or high (elated) mood separated by periods of normal mood. One can lead a healthy and productive life once the illness is effectively treated. To find out more about depression and how to recognise it, click here >>

How do I register?

When the "register now" button is visible at the top of this page, registration for the next programme is available. Alternatively please check back on the date posted above for the next registration window. These programmes run in different locations around the country a number of times per year. 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. Alternatively if you enjoyed the course and would like to support Aware's work, you can leave your booking fee as a donation. 

**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:


1800 80 48 48

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