Relatives Education Programme

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.

The next available programme will be available in September 2017.
Each programme will run for 4 consecutive weeks.

To book your place on one of the Aware Relatives Education Programmes please click ‘apply now’ and complete the online booking form. A €30 refundable* booking fee (reduced rate €10 for students/unemployed/OAPs) applies. *Please note the refund of the booking fee can be requested once all four modules are completed.


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.

The programme is delivered by two skilled trainers; one a qualified mental health professional with extensive experience working with individuals and families impacted by acute mental health issues and concerns, the second an experienced professional Aware trainer.

Bríd O’Meara, Director of Services, Aware 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.”

Resources for Supporting Others>>

Aware Lecture 2016

Supporting, caring for and loving a person with Depression or Bipolar Disorder whilst caring for yourself
Breda Dooley, MA Applied Psychology, MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, Professional Certification CBT

Aware Lecture 2014

Support for those who care about people who experience Mental Health Difficulties
Professor Patricia Casey, Consultant Psychiatrist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital/UCD

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