We wanted to share some news with you that we think is pretty amazing: This past week alone over 800 people across 27 locations nationwide started Aware’s free Life Skills Group programme. This free programme is based on principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and aims to help participants learn new ways to deal with the challenges that life inevitably has in store for each and every one of us.
By the time this particular round of Life Skills finishes in five weeks’ time, more than 11,000 people across the country will have participated in Aware’s Life Skills programmes since we piloted these in 2012/2013. We are very proud to provide these programmes and we hope that even more people will get involved throughout 2016 to mark Aware’s theme for the year #StandUpForSurviving.
The next phase of Life Skills starts at the beginning of April and full details of locations, dates and times will be available on aware.ie and Aware’s social media channels from February 22nd next.
Aware’s Life Skills programmes are independently evaluated: Results show a significant positive impact on symptoms of depression and anxiety, even for individuals whose symptoms are classified as ‘Severe’ at outset (rated on PhQ9 diagnostic tool).
The programme may also be used as a preventative tool for individuals who are susceptible to difficulties with low mood but are not currently experiencing depression.