While we are all staying safe by staying at home during the latest Covid-19 restrictions we would like to share some great online mental health programmes and workshops that you can sign up to this month. All are free and open to anyone. If you would like to learn practical tools and techniques to improve your mental health and reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression there is lots to choose from.
Mid-West ARIES Free Mental Health Workshops
This January Mid West ARIES are hosting a range of workshop’s. These workshops are free and accessible via Zoom. There is a mixture of discussion, shared learning and tips on minding our mental health. All the workshops are co- produced by people with lived experience of mental health challenges, family member’s/supporters and mental health professionals.
- Managing Well-Being and Mental Health Recovery (Jan 13th)
- My Mental Health – Finding Meaning, Feeling Empowered (Jan 14th)
- Exploring Anxiety in Uncertain Times, Let’s Talk Resilience (Jan 20th – 21st)
- Family Recovery in Mental Health (Jan 28th)
Aware Support & Self Care Groups
Aware are running a number of weekly phone in and zoom peer support groups which offer an opportunity for people, aged 18 years and over, to talk openly about depression, bipolar disorder, other mood conditions and their impact. Peers share their experience and understanding and offer an exchange of thoughts and techniques around self-care and resilience in a supportive, confidential and proactive environment.
Any adult who is experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or a mood related condition is welcome. No referral is needed although if attending a doctor or therapist, Aware recommends that you keep them informed.
Phone-In or Zoom sessions can be booked on their website at:
Aware Life Skills – 8 Week Online Programme
Aware’s hugely popular Life Skills Online Programme is back and registration is now open. Based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the Life Skills programmes are designed to help participants learn more about how we think and how this can influence our actions in helpful or unhelpful ways.
The Life Skills Online Programme is comprised of eight modules which you can work through online in your own time from the comfort of your own home. You benefit from the support of an Aware trained volunteer supporter for the first eight weeks, who you can choose to share progress with. You will have access to the modules to review and reflect upon for up to 12 months.
Registration is open now. Free places are limited to make sure to sign up to avoid disappointment.
Aware Life Skills – Online Group Programme
Aware also offer a face-to-face Life Skills Group Programme delivered over the course of six weeks in 90 minute evening sessions. Further to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, Aware has made the decision to offering this programme virtually, using Zoom.
You can sign up for this free, 6 week course and learn practical tips to reduce some of the symptoms associated with anxiety or stress. Takes place virtually, so you can stay safe at home.
Choice of starting Tue (26th), Wed (27th) or Thurs (28th) of January.
90 min per week for 6 weeks.
Evening course, start at 6.30pm or 7.30pm.
Registrations are open now.
Aware Free Relatives & Friends Programme
Aware’s free Relatives & Friends Programme aims to help relatives/friends identify helpful options and actions available to them if someone they care about is experiencing depression or bipolar disorder.
90 min per week for 4 weeks.
Places are limited.
Starting end of January.
Choice of Tuesdays (7.30pm) or Wednesdays (6.30pm).