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Aware Mental Health Week will take place from Monday 4 October and conclude on World Mental Health Day, Sunday 10 October. This awareness campaign aims to increase understanding of depression, provide hope and empower people to reach out for support, along with providing clinical expertise to educate the public on the causes, course and consequences of depression. We have a host of content, videos and stories, alongside a three-part webinar series to mark the week.
This short video brings together different experiences of depression. In their own words, our ambassadors describe what depression looks like for them and its impact.
Mary McEvoy (performer), Maclean Burke (actor) and Jennifer Barry (actress) share,
in their own words, their experience
of depression and how it impacts them.
Please scroll down to see all the free resources available with this campaign, or choose from the menu of options below.
Back to Basics:
Monday 4 Oct
Coping With Depression:
Wednesday 6 Oct
Depression & Me:
Friday 8 Oct
Quotes from Aware Ambassadors
Aware Mental Health Week Ambassadors have written about depression as they experienced it, giving an insight into the impact it had on their life.
What is Depression and Helpful Tips for Coping
“Depression is a common condition, yet many people are unaware of the symptoms and the profound impact it can have on people’s lives. Any one of us, irrespective of age, gender or background can be affected. It’s important to remember that recovery is possible but early recognition, support and ongoing management of the condition are key to a positive outcome.” – Dr Claire Hayes, Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director at Aware.
If you are looking for information and resources to help you as you support a loved one who experiences depression, we have some helpful actions and options below.
“Keeping in contact with loved ones is crucial. This is true, even if you (or they) are in isolation. While we may be a phone-call or a zoom call away from someone, taking the time to write and post a note to someone we care about can mean more to the person who receives it than we will ever know.”
Dr Claire Hayes, Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director at Aware.
Aware Mental Health Programmes
Aware also offers a range of free evidence informed education programmes to include the Life Skills Group Programme and Life Skills Online Programme, which are based on the principles of CBT and statistically proven to be of benefit to people experiencing mild to moderate depression. The Relatives & Friends Programme is designed specifically for those supporting a loved one and focuses on the self care of the supporter. The Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme is an information and support programme, designed for people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.