Support Services

Support & Self Care Groups

Aware Support & Self Care Groups offer an opportunity for people, aged 18 years and over, to talk openly about depression, bipolar disorder, other mood conditions and their impact. Peers share their experience and understanding and offer an exchange of thoughts and techniques around self-care and resilience in a supportive, confidential and proactive environment.

If you are under 18 years of age, please contact childline for support on 1800 66 66 66.

Support & Self Care Groups

Choose a Support & Self-Care Group offering from the below. Please note this service is only available to people who reside in Ireland.

Any adult who is experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or a mood related condition is welcome. No referral is needed although if attending a doctor or therapist, Aware recommends that you keep them informed.

Please click below to find out more about each offering.

Face-to-Face Support
& Self-Care Groups

The Aware Face-to-Face Support & Self Care Group is a peer support group for people experiencing anxiety, mild to moderate depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions, in order to give and receive support.

  • The group is facilitated by Aware trained volunteers
  • Groups are limited to 12 people
    [10 participants and 2 volunteers]
  • The meeting will run for 90 minutes.
  • Please book your place by clicking your desired location below.
  • Please note this is no longer a walk-in service, places must be booked each week and spaces are made available for the following week on the day after each group takes place.

We currently have face-to-face groups in a number of locations in Ireland. Please click the county name below to get full details about the groups available.


Location:
Bru Columbanus, (Room 1, 1st flr, lift access) Cardinal Way, Wilton, Cork, T12 TN97

Times: Every Tuesday or Thursday at 7pm

Please note, you must register in advance each week for this group. The booking system resets on the morning after this group takes place.

Please note groups do not take place on public holidays.

Choice of two days in Cork: Tuesday or Thursday

Book a Place – Tuesday @ 7pm

Book a Place – Thursday @ 7pm


Location:
Carmelite Centre, St Therese Room, (lift access) 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2, D02 T258.
At present the main gates are closed: please ring bell located inside the gate (on your left) and reception will open gates.

Times: Every Tuesday or Wednesday at 7pm

Please note, you must register in advance each week for these groups. The booking system resets on the morning after the group takes place.

Please note groups do not take place on public holidays.

Choice of two days in Dublin: Tuesday or Wednesday

Book a Place – Tuesday @ 7pm

Book a Place – Wednesday @ 7pm


Location:
Croi na Gaillimhe, 1 Mill St, Galway H91 X37V (SVP Center)

Times: Every Wednesday at 7pm

Please note, you must register in advance each week for this group. The booking system resets on the morning after this group takes place.

Please note groups do not take place on public holidays.

Book a Place in Galway


Location:
CDP Centre, Rock Business Centre, Upper Rock Street, Tralee, Co Kerry, V92 WR9P

Times: Every Tuesday at 7pm

Please note, you must register in advance each week for this group. The booking system resets on the morning after this group takes place.

Please note groups do not take place on public holidays.

Book a Place in Kerry


Location:
Limerick Mental Health Association, 3 Sexton Street, Limerick, V94 Y521

Times: Every Thursday at 7pm

Please note, you must register in advance each week for this group. The booking system resets on the morning after this group takes place.

Please note groups do not take place on public holidays.

Book a Place in Limerick


Location:
Castlebar Social Services, Castle St, Gorteendrunagh, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 CY67

Times: Every Tuesday at 7pm

Please note, you must register in advance each week for this group. The booking system resets on the morning after this group takes place.

Please note groups do not take place on public holidays.

Book a Place in Mayo


Location:
St Patricks Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford X91 YX61

Times: Every Tuesday at 7pm

Please note, you must register in advance each week for this group. The booking system resets on the morning after this group takes place.

Please note groups do not take place on public holidays.

Book a Place in Waterford

Phone-in Support
& Self-Care Groups

The Aware phone-in Support & Self Care Group is a  peer support group for people experiencing anxiety, mild to moderate depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions, in order to give and receive support.

Any adult who is experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or a mood related condition is welcome. No referral is needed although if attending a doctor or therapist, Aware recommends that you keep them informed.

  • The group is facilitated by Aware trained volunteers
  • Groups have up to 10 participants with 2 volunteers
  • Meetings are 75 minutes long
  • Please book your place by clicking your desired day below.

To meet the demand for our groups, please only book a place if you are committed to taking the place up. We thank you for participating and for the support you give and receive in our Support and Self Care Groups.

If you cannot attend please contact info@aware.ie or 01 661 7211 without delay to cancel your booking. This allows another person to take up this valuable place.

If a particular group is full, please try another day. The morning after each group takes place, the booking process opens for the next week. For weekend groups, the booking process opens on the following Monday morning.

Zoom Support
& Self-Care Groups

The Aware Zoom Support & Self Care Group is a peer support group for people experiencing anxiety, mild to moderate depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions, in order to give and receive support. 

Any adult who is experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or a mood related condition is welcome. No referral is needed although if attending a doctor or therapist, Aware recommends that you keep them informed.

  • The group is facilitated by Aware trained volunteers
  • Groups have up to 10 participants with 2 volunteers
  • Meetings are 75 minutes long.
  • Groups take place via Zoom

If you do not have a zoom account, you will need to follow these two steps to take part in the programme:

  1. Create an account with Zoom (click here to sign up for an account)
  2. Download the Zoom Desktop Client to your PC (click here to download)

Please note, Aware is unable to offer technical support when it comes to setting up your account and PC. However, Zoom have an online help centre for additional information and technical support, which you can access here.

  • Please book your place by clicking your desired day below.

To meet the demand for our groups, please only book a place if you are committed to taking the place up. We thank you for participating and for the support you give and receive in our Support and Self Care Groups.

If you cannot attend please contact info@aware.ie or 01 661 7211 without delay to cancel your booking. This allows another person to take up this valuable place.

If a particular group is full, please try another day. The morning after each group takes place, the booking process opens for the next week.

Please note you will receive Zoom details for each group in advance. If you do not receive an email from Aware, please check your spam/junk folder. If it is not to be found, please contact info@aware.ie to let us know.

What happens?

When you join a Support & Self Care Group, you are greeted by two Aware volunteer facilitators. The facilitators open the meeting, providing an overview of what you can expect.

Facilitators introduce themselves by their first name only and invite all attending to do likewise. The meeting is declared open to anyone who would like to share. Someone in the group shares their thoughts and feelings. To gain understanding for the group, a facilitator may ask some questions to clarify what has been shared. The facilitator asks the person sharing if they want feedback from the group and if so, opens to the group for their thoughts and support. A facilitator briefly summarises any options offered by the group before inviting others to share. A proactive approach is used throughout the meeting in which participants can express emotion, acknowledge feelings, question thoughts and beliefs and focus on helpful actions they can take.

Confidentiality within the groups

Group facilitators will address the limits to confidentiality within the group setting.

All attendees agree to keep everything that is said and takes place at the meeting completely confidential. This is essential in allowing each person the safety to express whatever they would like to say.

Respectful and supportive

To ensure a supportive group experience for all, we ask all group members and facilitators:

  • To have respect for each other’s time by being punctual, arriving and finishing the meeting on time, as well as allowing all group members time to share, if they wish
  • To be tolerant and respectful of one another and acknowledge differing opinions
  • To avoid mentioning doctors, hospitals and medications by name, as what suits one person may not suit another
  • To be mindful that everyone attending has the opportunity to contribute but no-one will ever be forced to do so

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