21 May 2014
As the only charity working exclusively for those with depression across Northern Ireland, we were delighted to receive a GSK IMPACT Award at the Science Museum in London on 15 May 2014 from over 400 charities nationwide who applied for GSKs flagship UK community investment programme. We were one of only ten winners throughout the UK and stood out for our work in helping to increase understanding of how to prevent mental illness and support people with depression in their recovery.
Depression is a widespread issue, approximately one in four people in Northern Ireland will have this illness at some stage in their lifetime. Our services supports thousands of people each year. These services include a network of over 20 self-help support groups across Northern Ireland, a telephone and email helpline service, education and training programmes, and information and resources on depression. Our campaign to have depression recognised as a key public health issue was recognised at the awards ceremony.
The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund and now in their seventeenth year, are seen as a mark of achievement in the healthcare charity sector. In addition to the £30,000 we receive in unrestricted funding, winning organisations are able to access training, development, and networking opportunities through a dedicated programme organised by The King’s Fund.
Siobhan Doherty, Chief Executive of Aware Defeat Depression said:
‘We are absolutely delighted to be given the Award and the £30,000 by GSK. The work we do is very important in Northern Ireland and this recognition and money will help us to continue to fight the stigma attached to depression, provide services to those with the illness and minimise the amount of people who suffer from depression in Northern Ireland.’
Katie Pinnock, Head of UK Community Investment at GSK said:
‘The work Aware Defeat Depression is doing in Northern Ireland to help tackle a health issue that is often taboo is incredible. Their information and support programmes, many of which are provided by volunteers, are having a real impact helping vulnerable people with an often debilitating health condition.’
A judging panel of health and charity experts who chose the winners includes broadcast journalist Fiona Phillips; Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of Primary Care at the Care Quality Commission; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chair of GSK, and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund.