AWARE offer support to people with depression currently on waiting lists

AWARE offer support to people with depression currently on waiting lists

Published on Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Posted in News

Today it emerged that the targets are not being met by Northern Ireland health trusts with regards to treatment for people with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.

Recognising this is AWARE, Northern Ireland's national depression charity. AWARE offer services to those with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Services that AWARE offer include support groups which operate in 23 locations across Northern Ireland. A person wanting to attend can just turn up at the group free of charge and no appointment is needed. 

Michelle Byrne from AWARE said,

“Depression is a serious illness that affects thousands of people in Northern Ireland. It’s treatable and nobody has to face it alone.

“We would urge anyone with depression needing help to go along to any of our support groups. These groups have been described by many as 'lifesaving.' At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. When people seek help for depression, they need help immediately. Currently, 1 in 6 people in Northern Ireland have been prescribed antidepressant medication.

“We believe that our services act as immediate intermediate support whilst people are waiting on other appointments. AWARE Support Groups are free of charge and no appointment is necessary so people can just turn up on the night. Our groups are all run by volunteers with many of them having been through a support group themselves with personal lived experience of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“The prevalence of mental illness is 25% higher in Northern Ireland than any other region in the UK. This is evidential that more money is needed put into our health service particularly into mental health in order to reach out and help more people.

“In the last financial year, AWARE reached and supported more people than ever before. We delivered our services to almost 30,000 people and supported upwards of 4000 people through our support groups."

For more information on AWARE Support Groups, please click here 

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