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Aware education programmes coming to Mayo


WORKSHOP FORMAT One course focuses on managing stress, anxiety or depression, the other is aimed at those supporting someone with depression or bipolar disorder.

If you’re struggling to cope, or care about someone who struggles, one of these programmes could be for you

Aware, Ireland’s leading organisation providing support, education and information services around depression and bipolar disorder, last week announced that its popular Life Skills Group Programme and its Relatives & Friends Programme will both be available to the people of Mayo this April/May. Both programmes are free of charge.
The Aware Life Skills Group Programme, nine hours over the course of six weeks, will teach attendees how to better cope with the stresses of everyday life, recognise and manage unhelpful thoughts, learn new ways of thinking and ultimately begin the journey to a healthier and more confident life.
Developed by renowned cognitive behaviour therapy specialist (CBT), Dr Chris Williams, the programme is specifically designed to help people learn more about how we think and how this can influence our actions in helpful or unhelpful ways.
The Life Skills Group Programme will begin on Wednesday, April 18, at Hotel Westport, Mayo, from 7.30pm to 9pm, and take place every Wednesday night until May 23.
The Relatives & Friends Programme is designed for those supporting a loved one experiencing depression or bipolar disorder. The programme, six hours over the course of four weeks, aims to provide helpful information about depression and bipolar disorder, provide practical advice, address the challenges faced each day when supporting a loved one.
The content also addresses self-care, teaches coping tools and communication skills and equips people with the tools to understand and support a loved one experiencing depression or bipolar disorder, while also focusing on the self-care of the supporter.
The Relatives and Friends Programme will begin on Thursday, April 19, at Hotel Westport, and run every Thursday evening until May 10.
Both of the Aware programmes are delivered in workshop style to offer a participative learning environment. Each evening session is 90 minutes long. The workshops provide an opportunity for discussion, but at no stage is anyone asked to share information if they do not wish to.
Online registration for the programmes is now open at www.aware.ie and places are available to anyone over 18. Those interested in attending are encouraged to book quickly, as places are limited and will fill up fast.
The Aware education programmes are free to attend, with a refundable €30 booking deposit in place to ensure participants that really want to book a place have the opportunity to do so. If you are a student, unemployed, an OAP or hold a medical card you are eligible for a reduced refundable booking fee of €10. The booking fee will be refunded by contacting Aware once all modules in the course have been completed. Reduced booking fees are available for students, the unemployed, OAPs or those in possession of a medical card.

For more information on these courses or to register, visit www.aware.ie/services.