Aware has developed a new education programme specifically aimed at relatives of, or individuals who care about, someone who is experiencing depression or bipolar disorder.
Aware will offer a Relatives Education Programme in Dublin and Cork this November. The November 2016 programmes are now fully booked.
If you would like to attend an Aware Relatives Education Programme in 2017 please register your contact email on our online form directly below. Aware will then be able to contact you when the 2017 programme schedule becomes available.
About the programme
The programme consists of three modules delivered over four evenings and is intended to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of depression or bipolar and crucially, to help relatives identify helpful options and actions that are available to them and to their loved one.
Bríd O’Meara, Director of Services, says that the organisation is hoping that relatives will engage with the programme:
“Some of Aware’s founders were themselves relatives who were supporting a loved one through an experience with depression or bipolar, so relatives have always been an exceptionally important audience for Aware. We know that relatives can struggle when a person they care deeply about is unwell. They may experience a combination of difficult emotions from isolation to frustration, to worry to helplessness.”
However, where a relative gets support and information it can be really helpful. Whether your loved one is actively seeking help for their own experience or not, you can still benefit from getting information and support for yourself.
“If you consider when we are on an airplane and getting our safety advice, the advice is that in the case of an emergency we need to tend to our own oxygen mask first – that way we can then effectively help others. It’s a similar principal: we know from experience that many relatives find that getting information, getting support, getting help for themselves can make all the difference when helping another person through a difficult time.”
Aware lecture 2014
Speaker: Professor Patricia Casey, Consultant Psychiatrist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital/UCD
Topic: Support for those who care about people who experience Mental Health Difficulties