Aware Support Group (Downpatrick)

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Down Arts Centre, Irish Street, Downpatrick , Co Down, BT30 6BP
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Telephone Number
028 9035 7820
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To reduce stigma, increase understanding and support people with mental health problems. This is provided through our helpline, support groups and education and training services. We will provide educational information sessions on post natal depression to various groups as requested/required Support Groups are for people affected by depression, including bipolar disorder (manic depression.) This includes relatives and carers who want to know more about depression and how they can help someone. What is the purpose of the Group? The purpose of the group is to bring people together experiencing similar problems, so that they can support each other and learn more about the illness and the treatments available. Attending a group also enables people to share experiences, discuss selfhelp strategies and coping skills that will help in the recovery process. How many meetings should I attend? Attendance at a number of consecutive meetings is advised to achieve maximum benefit to help people with their recovery. We recommend that attending 3 or 4 meetings initially to find out if the group is right for you. Who leads our meetings? A facilitator and co-facilitator lead our support group meetings. They are volunteers who have either experienced depression themselves or have cared for someone suffering from depression. In some cases our facilitators have attended our support groups as members and have gone on to lead meetings on our behalf. Some facilitators have studied or worked in the field of mental health. All facilitators are appropriately trained, however they cannot offer advice or opinions about medical matters nor offer counselling. Information booklets written by professionals are available at each group meeting or by contacting the telephone helpline, 08451 20 29 61. How long do meetings last? Meetings usually last between 1 and 1½ hours. What happens at group meetings? The meetings are very informal. After brief introductions and an explanation of group rules, individuals may talk about their experiences, share information and ask questions. No member is obliged to speak and short periods of silence are normal. Members may talk freely and give their views on different issues, each person ultimately makes up their own mind about matters discussed and what action, if any, they decide to take. Is there a fee? There is no charge for attending group meetings. However, voluntary contributions are welcome.
Available to Age Groups
All Ages
Category of Services
  • Mental Health
Areas covered
  • Down
Method of Access (Referral)
  • GP
  • Self
  • Social Worker

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