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08 April 2021
Whiteabbey gym owner honours Captain Sir Tom Moore challenge to raise funds for AWARE

Whiteabbey gym owner honours Captain Sir Tom Moore challenge to raise funds for AWARE

Whiteabbey gym owner, Glenn Wilkinson will take to the streets of Whiteabbey this Saturday to challenge himself in the style of COVID hero Captain Sir Tom Moore. The #CaptainTom100Challenge is an initiative launched this week by Sir Captain Tom’s daughter which encourages people to complete...

07 April 2021
AWARE & Joel M announce winners of ‘Express Yourself’ Children’s Mental Health Poetry Competition!

AWARE & Joel M announce winners of ‘Express Yourself’ Children’s Mental Health Poetry Competition!

We are delighted to announce the winners of our recent children’s mental health poetry competition, ‘Express Yourself’, which we launched over Children’s Mental Health Week in February of this year. All primary schools in Northern Ireland were invited to take part and over 180 schools...

31 March 2021
Stress Awareness Month – COVID-19: ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’

Stress Awareness Month – COVID-19: ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’

April 2021 marks Stress Awareness Month, which has been held in the UK since 1992, to highlight both the causes and cures of stress. The Stress Management Society recently found that 65% of adults in the UK have felt more stressed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in March last year....

26 March 2021
AWARE Celebrates 25 Years!

AWARE Celebrates 25 Years!

AWARE – The depression charity for Northern Ireland, founded in 1996 is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. AWARE offers support, education and signposting services to help thousands living with depression, anxiety, and bipolar in Northern Ireland. The charity was started by a group of...

15 March 2021
New and expectant mums face increased mental health risks caused by the pandemic

New and expectant mums face increased mental health risks caused by the pandemic

New report raises concerns as services supporting women and babies come under strain. During and after pregnancy, women have faced a greater likelihood of poor mental health during the pandemic, including anxiety, depression, loneliness and suicidal thoughts, according to a new report...

22 February 2021
Will to Give Week 2021

Will to Give Week 2021

It’s Will to Give Week! Support the mental health of our future generation with a gift in your will to AWARE.  This 22nd – 26th February 2021, we're delighted to be partnering with Will to Give and other local charities to help promote gifts in wills. Depression is...

01 February 2021
It's Children's Mental Health Week!

It's Children's Mental Health Week!

The topic for Children’s Mental Health Week (1st-7th Feb) 2021 is ‘Express Yourself’. This past year has been a difficult one for us all, and if you have kids at home, I’m sure you have felt worried for their wellbeing. Not just about protecting their physical health, but the effect the...

14 January 2021
Funding approved for new Perinatal Mental Health Services in NI

Funding approved for new Perinatal Mental Health Services in NI

AWARE is delighted by the news that Health Minister Robin Swann has approved funding for specialist perinatal mental health services across Northern Ireland. This funding will see the development of a new Perinatal Mental Health Delivery Model, including specialist multi-disciplinary perinatal...

04 January 2021
A New Year Announcement

A New Year Announcement

As we begin looking forward to a hopefully brighter year in 2021, we want to tell you about an incredible and exciting campaign that AWARE is launching THIS MONTH!  AWARE dreams of a future where mental health is a topic that can be discussed openly without stigma. How? Let's start with...

03 August 2020
Driving away depression - The AWARE fleet gets a brand new car

Driving away depression - The AWARE fleet gets a brand new car

We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new AWARE car! The charity’s branded Renault Clio will now be joined by an AWARE Audi and will be driven around by AWARE volunteers to get Northern Irish people talking about mental health and depression and to encourage them to reach out for...

12 June 2020
AWARE joins forces with government and charities to support mental wellbeing

AWARE joins forces with government and charities to support mental wellbeing

A new virtual wellbeing hub to promote positive mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched. The Department for Communities and the Department of Health have partnered with 15 leading mental and wellbeing health charities and the Healthy Living Centre Alliance representing 28...

18 May 2020
 Local Universities and AWARE tackle mental health in the workplace

Local Universities and AWARE tackle mental health in the workplace

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, in collaboration with AWARE, have developed an innovative pilot project to explore the link between mental health training and improvements in wellbeing in the workplace. People in Northern Ireland experience 20-25 percent...

19 March 2020
Covid-19: Changes to AWARE services & events

Covid-19: Changes to AWARE services & events

Due to the developing Covid-19 situation and the resulting health and safety concerns, AWARE has suspended all support groups and wellbeing programmes until further notice. We have also had to postpone some of our fundraising events (see below). The safety of our service users, staff and...

18 March 2020
Covid-19 Marathon update

Covid-19 Marathon update

In light of recent events around Covid-19  the following marathons have been postponed: -Spar Omagh Half Marathon due to take place on 28th March has been postponed to Saturday 27th June 2020      -London Marathon due to take place on Sunday 26th April has been postponed to...

12 March 2020
Covid 19 (coronavirus) Announcement

Covid 19 (coronavirus) Announcement

Covid-19 Announcement. Due to the developing Covid-19 situation and health and safety concerns, AWARE has suspended all support groups and wellbeing programmes until further notice. The safety of our service users, staff and supporters is of utmost priority and we will be working hard in the...

05 March 2020
AWARE launches first annual Investors in Mental Health Awards

AWARE launches first annual Investors in Mental Health Awards

AWARE, the depression charity for Northern Ireland is launching its inaugural Investors in Mental Health Awards this Friday, 6th March. The Investors in Mental Health Awards is a new initiative developed by AWARE that will take place annually. The aim is to provide recognition to schools,...

27 February 2020
Our Lives, Our Voices:  AWARE teams up with Diabetes UK & AMH to deliver new programme

Our Lives, Our Voices: AWARE teams up with Diabetes UK & AMH to deliver new programme

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland in partnership with AWARE and Action Mental Health is launching a new mental health and emotional Wellbeing Programme designed for young people living with type 1 diabetes. The Our Lives, Our Voices project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund NI and has...

26 February 2020
How to Support Someone with Depression

How to Support Someone with Depression

Depression is a serious but treatable disorder that affects millions of people around. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. In Northern Ireland, the rates of depression are much higher than the rest of the UK, with 1...

24 February 2020
Fairhill Launches Employee Wellbeing Initiative with support from AWARE

Fairhill Launches Employee Wellbeing Initiative with support from AWARE

FAIRHILL Shopping Centre in Ballymena has launched a new Employee Wellbeing Initiative, promoting positive mental health to all traders and employees within the centre. With an increasing focus being placed on overall wellbeing, Fairhill is setting the standards in employee welfare, with a...

07 February 2020
The Importance of Investing in Children and Young People's Mental Health

The Importance of Investing in Children and Young People's Mental Health

As Children's Mental Health Week comes to an end, we hope you have enjoyed our ‘Take 5’ health and wellbeing tips for young people. We finish this week with a sobering reminder of why it is so important that we invest in the mental health of children and young people. In the first three...
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