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Who We Are

Aware was founded in 1985 by Dr. Patrick McKeon and a small but dedicated team of volunteers, many of whom had their own personal experience with depression, or bipolar disorder. The organisation developed in response to the clear need for information, understanding and support, both for individuals who had a diagnosis of depression or bipolar as well as family members supporting a loved one.

Since then, what began as one support group in Dublin has grown and flourished to become a nationwide presence which has saved many lives and has, for countless others, eased the suffering and distress that depression can bring. The three pillars of Aware’s work are information, education and support. The organisation provides a range of services including group meetings offering support and information, a telephone and email support service, and a number of programmes based on principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Educating and empowering people to look after their mental health is also an integral part of Aware’s work. Interactive talks and workshops in schools (for students aged 15-18) as well as education and training programmes for the workplace are delivered nationwide.

What We Do

Aware undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar and mood disorders are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies.

• To inform and educate on the nature, extent and consequences of depression
• To provide emotional and practical support to those affected by depression, bipolar and related disorders
• To provide positive mental health and resilience training
• To support research into the development and treatment of depression and related issues

How We Do It

Aware offers three core support services: Support Line, Support Mail and Support Groups.
We also offer the following educational programmes: group education for adults, online courses, programmes for relatives & friends and school-based courses. All these services to the public are available free of charge.

Support Groups | 34 locations nationwide
Support Line |Freephone 1800 80 48 48 | 365 days a year | 10am-10pm
Support Mail | supportmail@aware.ie | Answered within 24hrs

Education Programmes
Life Skills |Group 6 week programme | Online 8 week programme
Relatives & Friends | Group 4 week programme
Beat the Blues | Schools talk | Senior cycle students
Life Skills for Schools | 4 week programme | Senior cycle students
Wellness@Work | Mental health education and training programmes| Employees and managers

Aware Website | Aware.ie
Aware Lectures Series | Watch back at aware.ie

Who We Serve

We only offer Support Services to adults over the age of 18 – both the individual and family/friends. All those impacted by depression, bipolar disorder or related mood conditions.
We offer adult, workplace and school based education programmes. Our school programmes are designed for senior cycle students (15-18)

Quick Reference

Various locations in Galway City and Galway County
Is a Referral Required? No



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