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. This bespoke programme was designed when it was identified that there didn’t appear to be a similar programme available in Ireland, and there was a lack of information and education available for relatives/loved ones.
The next Relatives & Friends Education Programme will take place in late September 2017.
Relatives of, or individuals who care about, someone who is experiencing depression or bipolar disorder. This bespoke programme was designed when it was identified that there didn’t appear to be a similar programme available in Ireland, and there was a lack of information and education available for relatives/loved ones.
To provide a deeper understanding of the impact of depression or bipolar disorder and crucially, to help relatives identify helpful options and actions that are available to them and to their loved one. At the end of the training attendees will be able to:
- Identify the symptoms of depression & bipolar disorder
- Distinguish coping mechanisms
- Demonstrate effective supportive communication skills
- Recognise the value of self care
- Design and implement a personal, individualised tailored support plan
A stimulating and participative learning environment generated in a workshop style programme, ideally delivered to a maximum of 25 attendees.
The content will help increase the attendees’ knowledge of stress, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder symptoms and generally increase their awareness of mental health. The workshop will also provide ideas on how to cope using a coping tool based on the principles of CBT. Questioning and listening skills will be explored to enhance effective communication. The opportunity to identify the need for self-care will be discussed and an individual support Action Plan will be facilitated as a takeaway from the programme. Each session will encourage contribution and there will be a variety of practical exercises to consolidate learning throughout the programme.
The duration of each session is 1 ½ hours and is designed to be delivered over a four week period (7.30pm – 9.00pm).
Will I be expected to give personal information?
No, you are not expected or requested to divulge any personal information prior to or during the course, with the exception of your phone number and e-mail address so that we can contact you with details of the programme and a reminder of the start date.
The programme environment allows for discussion, encourages interaction and participation but at no stage is anyone asked to participate if they do not wish to. The programme facilitators are trained to encourage healthy boundaries of privacy among participants.
Can I bring my loved on with me to the programme?
This programme is about supporting you as a relative or friend of someone you care about who is experiencing depression or bipolar disorder. It is not designed to help the person in your life who is experiencing depression or bipolar although some of the content may well provide some ideas on how to support the person in your life, which is a bonus.
The key objective of the programme is to provide information and support specifically for a relative and/or friend of a loved one experiencing depression or bipolar disorder, so it would not be appropriate for the loved one to attend this programme. However, we have many other services designed specifically to support people experiencing depression and/or bipolar disorder, the details of which can be found on our website
Can you guarantee confidentiality if there is open discussion at the programme?
Confidentiality is very important to Aware and confidentiality is guaranteed within normal limits. Our confidentiality policy with exceptions applies to all of Aware’s programmes & support services
How much does it cost?
The programme is free. We only ask for a refundable deposit of €30 to secure your place on the programme.
Do I have to attend all 4 weeks?
It is strongly recommended that you register only if you can attend the complete duration of 4 weeks. The programme content has been designed in a way that each week compliments the previous week and provides the opportunity to build information and skill levels for all attendees to increase benefits derived from the programme.
What do I need to bring with me?
We would recommend you bring yourself and perhaps a pen and paper in the event that you may wish to take notes during each week
Will I get any materials?
We have developed and produced helpful books that will be distributed during week 1 and week 4. The content of these books consolidate the material covered and also some extra information that should prove to be useful.
How many people will be in the group?
Each group will contain a maximum of 25 people