World Mental Health Day Aware

Today, on World Mental Health Day Aware, the national depression support organisation is encouraging people in Ireland who may be impacted by depression or bipolar disorder, or those who are concerned for their own or a loved one’s mental health, to contact the organisation and find out more about the organisation’s range of free, clinically effective support services. Aware can be contacted on Freephone 1800 80 48 48 and email – supportmail@aware.ie.

Bríd O’Meara, Director of Services with Aware says that reaching out for help can seem like an impossible step, due to the impact that depression has on a person’s sense of self-worth and their sense of hope for the future: “Depression can be one of the most corrosive and isolating experiences a human being can go through. Everyone in Aware understands the courage it takes to pick up a phone, send an email, or in some cases even visit a website for information. It can seem like an unmanageable step.

“But everyone in Aware also understands the relief that can come from simply knowing that one other person in the world knows and understands what you are going through. Depression makes us think that no-one cares, that no-one understands, that we are not worth help; but that is not the truth. So many people in Ireland go through these dark times and Aware’s services can and do help. Every day people who have used our services, contact us to tell us about the positive impact that they have had on their life. To anyone going through a tough time, I say ‘Don’t let depression rob you of another day of your life. Today is the day you can reach out and take the first step towards recovery.’”

Aware offers a range of support services which are all based on clinical best practice and proven to be effective for people with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Aware.ie contains extensive information about depression and bipolar disorder as well as a free archive of public talks from mental health experts on various topics: these talks were accessed 173,000 times in 2015 alone.

Anyone concerned about themselves or a loved one is encouraged to call Aware on Freephone 1800 80 48 48 to talk confidentially* to an Aware-trained volunteer.

About Aware – Aware is the national organisation providing support, education and information services around depression and bipolar disorder. Founded in 1985 the organisation now offers:

Support
Support Groups* | 38 locations nationwide | 12,600 visits each year
Support Line | FREEPHONE 1800 80 48 48 | open 365 days a year, 10am-10pm | 11,000 calls each year
Support Mail | supportmail@aware.ie | 2,300 emails each year

Education
Beat the Blues | Schools talk | Life Skills 6-session programme | Online programme | c. 28,000 students each year
Life Skills | Group – Nationwide | Online | 3,000 participants each year
Wellness@Work | Positive Mental Health at Work | 136 sessions nationwide | 3,500 employees

Information
Aware website | 285,000 unique visits, p.a.
Aware lectures | 173,000 views, p.a.

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Aware

Aware is currently engaged in a Strategic Review process with a view to developing a new Strategic Plan for 2017-2019. A sub-committee of the Board of Directors is working to update the organisation’s strategy for the next three years.
We would really like to hear from people who have used or are using Aware services, as we believe you have a valuable perspective to share. We encourage you to participate in this survey and to have your voice heard.

The strategic review process will also involve input from Aware’s trained volunteers (who provide our support services nationwide), the Board of Directors, the Members and staff.

If you or someone you know has used, or is using, Aware services, please take a few minutes to complete our service user survey. Thank you.

Positive Visibility Matters – Help share TENI’s new video ‘I Am’

 A message from TENI Chief Executive Broden Giambrone Dear friends, Positive visibility is at the core of what TENI does. We know that by telling our own stories we can change the hearts and minds of Irish society. I’m delighted to share TENI’s new short film ‘I Am’. This is a conversational piece about gender identity and provides a snapshot of the lives of four Irish trans people.

(Sara from ‘I Am’)



Trans people, like everyone else, want to live authentic lives. Our experiences cannot be reduced to stereotypes or to one dimensional caricatures. We hope this video will help educate and create awareness about the diversity of our experiences.

This year will be an important one for trans rights. Ireland is still the only country in the EU that has no provision for legal gender recognition. Although the Government has committed to introducing legislation by the end of this year, it is incredibly important that we keep the pressure on.

Gender Recognition legislation is about more than changing birth certificates. It’s about the legal recognition and acknowledgement of who we truly are. In the coming months TENI will continue to advocate for inclusive and human rights based legislation. It’s integral that this new law reflects our lived realities.

Please share this video widely with your friends, family and colleagues.

We need your help to build positive visibility and keep trans rights on the political agenda.

Positive visibility matters.

Sincerely,
Broden Giambrone


A NOTE OF THANKS: TENI Would also like to thank everyone who was involved in the production of this short film. A special thanks to Anna Rodgers and Zlata Filipovic. Big thanks to Sara, Phillipa, Jessica and Sam for sharing their stories.

This video would not have been possible without the generous support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, Sigrid Rausing Trust and Open Society Foundations.