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Scroll down to read Aware’s latest updates and blogs on a variety of topics, connected to mental health.

29 Jan

Depression recovery and prevention in 2024

What does 2024 hold for us in terms of advancing our understanding of depression recovery as well as...
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18 Dec

Managing mental health at Christmas

Navigating Christmas is even harder when trying to manage depression, and this month can be incredibly...
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09 Nov

The Aware Christmas 5K is back!

Challenge yourself to a 5K at your own pace in support of Aware’s vital mental health services. Lace...
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01 Aug

A poem on mental health by Luke

A poem by Luke Duffy on his experience of depression
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03 Oct

Fear and Anxiety

For fear to be enjoyable, researchers found that a ‘sweet spot’ is needed. That is, the right amount...
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03 Oct

Mental health is a universal human right

October marks the annual WHO World Mental Health Day on 10th October. This year the theme is ‘Mental...
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31 Aug

Connection and mental health

From our first experience of being in relationship with another person, right across the lifespan, we...
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31 Aug

The earlier, the better

Through an ''earlier is better' strategy, we can educate ourselves on the signs and symptoms of mental...
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31 Aug

Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is a skill that can be learnt and increasing it can help people relate to difficulties...
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01 Aug

Wayne's mental health journey

Wayne has been experiencing anxiety, depression and OCD for the last 15 years. Read about his mental...
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09 Aug

The Big Splash for Aware

We're excited to announce The Big Splash for Aware, urging people all over Ireland to challenge themselves...
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09 Aug

Yvonne's experience of bipolar disorder

Bipolar is certainly not a life sentence and with the right support and treatment you can have a wonderful...
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02 Aug

Safety Tips for Cold Water Swimming

Before you take part in The Big Splash for Aware, we’ve got some safety tips for you. It's essential...
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31 Jul

Changing views on depression

How we understand depression has shifted over time. Explanation has moved from depression being caused...
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29 Jun

Our national survey reveals high rates of depression and anxiety and clear gender differences, but it's heartening to see that people are seeking help

Read our latest Clinical Director Blog.
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28 Jun

Aware’s national survey reveals high rates of depression and anxiety

Aware today announced the findings from its national survey looking at the public’s experience and perception...
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26 May

More than a walk in the park: The link between nature and mental health

The link between nature more generally and mental health is not new, and several studies have shown that...
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25 Apr

What to expect from my monthly blog - Dr Susan Brannick, Clinical Director at Aware

I am pleased to introduce myself as the new Clinical Director with Aware and launch this monthly blog...
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21 Apr

Psychological Needs Satisfaction Survey

Dublin City University survey assessing your psychological needs satisfaction
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09 Mar

Sinead's experience of bipolar disorder

I'm turning 36 this year, which means I've now lived with bipolar for 25 years.
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09 Mar

Bipolar: Diagnosis and Recovery

You’ve just been told your diagnosis – bipolar. For some it’s a great relief knowing there is an explanation,...
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09 Mar

Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme

People who live with bipolar disorder are a core constituency of the Aware organisation. Developing and...
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09 Mar

Niall's experience of bipolar disorder

The first time I experienced depression I was 13 or 14. I began to refuse to go to school. I’d wake terrified...
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09 Mar

Bipolar - A life less ordinary

Bipolar disorder is a complex yet manageable condition. It's a condition that effects moods, emotion...
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09 Mar

Julie's experience of bipolar disorder

I was twenty years old when diagnosed with Bipolar Type 2. For years I was treated for depression until...
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09 Mar

Stephanie's experience of bipolar disorder

I first became ill just after finishing my final exams in Trinity College. It was the year 2000 - a milestone...
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09 Mar

Niall's experience of bipolar disorder

My diagnosis of bipolar disorder type one was received relatively late in my life. I had just turned...
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09 Mar

Media portrayal of bipolar disorder

Media portrayal of bipolar disorder Recently in mass media we’ve witnessed great leaps of awareness about...
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30 Jan

Register for Aware's Harbour2Harbour Walk!

The 17th annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk takes place this St Patrick’s Day, Sunday 17th March 2023!...
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09 Sep

The Importance of Early Intervention

UCD researchers have found schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are serious mental illnesses that affect...
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24 Jan

Participants wanted: UCD research on cancer care & mental health

Would you like to contribute to the improvement of future cancer care for patients with significant mental...
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10 Jan

Free Education Programmes Open for Registration

Three free programmes open today for registration, starting at the beginning of February 2022.
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09 Oct

It is incredibly frustrating to have a feeling I cannot put words to

It's an unusually warm day for Ireland. My eyes have fallen to the windowsill, gazing blankly at a couple...
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08 Oct

I could only see darkness where there was light

I Might Not Have Recognised It Depression is sometimes known as ‘the silent killer,’ which I now understand....
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07 Oct

I needed help, I had to stop kidding myself

Nothing Was Ever The Same After Most of us experience even the mildest form of depression at some stage...
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06 Oct

I was convinced that I could never be good enough to fit in

Never Being Good Enough I remember feeling that I was different, bad, wrong, unacceptable when I was...
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05 Oct

Helpful tips for coping with depression

It is important that you don’t try to deal with depression or bipolar disorder all on your own. Reach...
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04 Oct

What is depression and how do I recognise it?

“Depression is a common condition, yet many people are unaware of the symptoms and the profound impact...
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24 Sep

NUI Galway Study on Bipolar Disorder

HRB Clinical Research Facility, Galway Áis Taighde Chliniciúil HRB, Gaillimh A team at NUI Galway are...
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20 Sep

Aware Mental Health Week

20 September 2021: We are delighted to announce that Aware Mental Health Week will take place from Monday...
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01 Sep

Volunteers Needed

01 September 2021 Have you ever considered volunteering? Volunteers needed in communities in Cork, Dublin,...
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30 Aug

Free Education Programmes Open for Registration

30 August 2021 Two free programmes open today for registration, starting at the end of September 2021....
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19 Aug

#ICU4U Memorial Cycle & Event

19 August 2021 Aware are proud to be charity partner for the #ICU4U Memorial Cycle & Event on 2-3...
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25 Jun

A developing resilience

Our individual and collective responses to adversity, which we all experience in different ways, is often...
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04 Jun

Thinking about grief, depression and other mood related conditions

“Meeting ourselves and allowing ourselves to be met” Considering some of the important links between...
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29 Apr

Living with grief

It has been said that “each person’s grief is as unique as their fingerprint” (David Kessler)....
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01 Apr

Thank you to the Stars of the Sea

A group of novice sea dippers who swim off the South Wall, near the Poolbeg chimneys took on the #Jerusalemachallenge in...
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29 Mar

Living openly with bipolar disorder

I feel so fortunate to have been a part of Aware’s webinar on Living Well with Bipolar at the beginning...
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29 Mar

World Bipolar Day 2021

Tuesday 30th March will mark World Bipolar Day 2021. Please see below as we highlight some resources...
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19 Mar

Living well with bipolar disorder

To start, how do we think about bipolar disorder? It is a severe and persistent mood disorder, which...
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