AWARE is the only depression charity in NI working exclusively to support the increasing numbers of people across Northern Ireland affected by depression and bipolar disorder (including sufferers, families, friends & carers).


• 25 self-help support groups throughout Northern Ireland;

• Online support groups;


AWARE deliver: a full suite of ‘life-saving’ & bespoke mental health & wellbeing programmes into schools/universities, businesses & local communities. Programmes include ‘Mindfulness’, ‘Mood Matters’, ‘Mental Health First Aid' and 'Living Life to the Full'

These clinically accredited programmes equip our children, students & communities with the knowledge, skills and tools to:

• Maintain positive mental health;

• Deal with stressful life situations; and

• Build resilience to deal with life’s challenges;

• Reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness

Did you know...


• Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide (WHO);

• Depression affects 1 in 4 people in NI in their lifetime;

• NI has the highest rate of suicide in the UK;

• 1 in 10 young people, aged 5-16, suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder


• Founded 21 years ago;

• Our 1st support group was in a kitchen in L/Derry;

• We now support c30,000 people face to face each year (via support groups, schools programme & education/training).

• We are also based in Derry at:

15 Queen Street, Derry, BT48 7EQ


• Our Award-winning ‘Mood Matters’ for schools program is 55% funded;

• You can help us reach the remaining 45% of school-children in NI;

• £15 can educate 1 school-child about depression & equip them with life-saving skills for the future;

What makes Aware NI different

• Our 25 support groups throughout Northern Ireland are free and open to everyone;

• Our online support groups provide invaluable support remotely to those who can’t attend a group in person;

• Our training programmes undergo robust full review by our clinical governance team & are of the highest clinical standard

Other ways to support


Volunteering opportunities include:

• Administration & Finance;

• Event management / marshalling / registrations;

• Event promotion / Photography;

• AWARE-ness Champion (local community);

• Be-spoke opportunities (eg Christmas collections);


• Get involved in AWARE events – have fun & raise money to support AWARE (eg New Year’s Splash, Mood Walks, Slieve Donard Trek, Zipline, Skydive);

• Create your own bespoke events – supported by our Fundraising team;

• Get involved in fundraising in your community eg local community fundraising group;

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40-44 Duncairn Gardens
BT15 2GG


Contact Number

028 90 357 820