Our self-help support groups are one of Aware Defeat Depression’s key services, providing regular in-person support in communities across Northern Ireland. The groups are facilitated by local volunteers who are trained and supported to carry out their role. Often volunteers have personal experience of depressive illness and as ‘well’ group members are there to support the recovery of others.
Depression can be a very isolating illness and many people affected by depression carry a sense of shame. Our groups provide an opportunity to meet others with similar experiences, this helps to demystify the illness and allows group members to speak freely about how they are feeling. As an organisation Aware Defeat Depression is non-directive and at group meetings members share information, discuss options and support each other to move forward.
To find out more about our support groups click here.
For a list of our Support Groups click here.
Our telephone and email helpline service allows people to discuss their concerns in confidence with someone who understands and to get accurate information about the illness, its treatments and self-help. This provides a very accessible way to get help and ease isolation which can be particularly important for those who have mobility problems or find it difficult to get out due to their depression. The helpline always signposts to our support group network where appropriate and can be an important stepping stone for those who need to build confidence to attend a group meeting for the first time.
To find out more information about our Helpline Service click here.