27 September 2013
Aware Defeat Depression is tackling the stigma of depression one cup of tea at a time as they unveil their brand new fundraising initiative this week. On Wednesday (June 19) Aware Board Member Lynda Bryans will launch the charity's Big D Guest T at a special lunch at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
Aware, the only charity in Northern Ireland working exclusively for those with depression, is inviting people to host their own Big D Guest T tea parties in their homes, staff rooms, community centres and sport clubs on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10.
Every penny raised from the Big D Guest Ts will go directly towards helping the increasing amount of people who suffer from depression in Northern Ireland. By helping to fund Aware's community services and education programmes, the Big D Guest Tscan help spread the message of hope that depression is a common but treatable illness which any one of us could experience.
Speaking ahead of the launch Aware Defeat Depression Chief Executive Siobhan Doherty said:
"In the last five years there has been an increase of 3.1% of adults diagnosed with depression in Northern Ireland yet there is still a stigma attached to mental health and depression."
"That is why it is so important that we spread our message that it is okay to talk about your mental wellbeing. With our new Big D Guest T initiative we are encouraging people to de-stigmatise depression by inviting their family, friends and colleagues to their own Big D Guest T."
"All the money raised from the Big D Guest Ts will go towards our community services including our helpline and the twenty support groups in rural and urban areas throughout Northern Ireland helping people with depression."
"It will also help us continue to offer our education programmes including Living Life to the Full and Mood Matters. These programmes help people develop an understanding of mental health with a particular focus on depression as the most common of mental health illness. These programmes also provide people with information on the signs and symptoms they should look out for, treatments available and what people can do to look after their own mental health,"
Anyone who would like to host their own Big D Guest T can contact Aware Defeat Depression's Fundraising Officer Kieran Hughes on email@example.com or phone 02890357820.