Aware, the national organisation providing support, information, and education around depression, has just announced a second support group for Galway city. The new group meets every Monday from 8pm (including Bank Holidays ) in Ard Family Resource Centre, Doughiska Road.
Aware support groups are free to attend and offer people the opportunity to talk through particular concerns and explore helpful options which are available to them. Dr Claire Hayes, clinical director of Aware, highlights the importance of social support in helping people understand the nature of depression and in developing ways of coping with it. She notes that each Aware support group is confidential, within the normal limits and is facilitated by trained Aware facilitators.
“It is very encouraging that a new support group is being set up in Galway at this time and we hope that people who have experience of depression and related conditions will consider attending the group. It could make a helpful difference for many,” she said.
More than 450,000 people in Ireland experience depression at any time. Aware offers a range of services that can make a real difference in helping people learn coping skills for managing depression and minimising its impact. Further information on this support group and all of Aware’s services is available on www.aware.ie