Free Mental Health Awareness Sessions June 2023

Free Mental Health Awareness Sessions
Published 25 May 2023

Aware Overcoming depression, changing livesLibraries NI has teamed up with AWARE, the depression charity for Northern Ireland, to offer free mental health awareness sessions in June. The ‘Mood Matters’ sessions will be held in Shankill Road and Newcastle libraries and will be delivered by the team at AWARE. In each session, attendees will learn more about the importance of mental health as well as valuable techniques for support and wellbeing.

The programme is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) concepts which participants use to challenge and change unhelpful thinking and behaviour to make a positive difference in their lives.

Adrienne Adair, Director of Library Services with Libraries NI, said:

“Libraries NI is delighted to be working with AWARE to help support people in their own community. A library is a welcoming environment and through these sessions people can learn and discuss these important issues as well as borrow from a collection of supportive books that can help after the sessions.”

Marina McCully, Head of Education and Training at AWARE, said, “Our Mood Matters sessions are suitable for anyone experiencing low mood, anxiety or moderate depression. They are also very valuable for members of the general public who wish to learn more about mental health and gain self-care techniques to prevent mental health problems from occurring.

In Northern Ireland, 1 in 4 of us will experience mental ill-health at some point in our lives, but by being aware of the signs and symptoms, practising self-care and knowing where to get help, we can often prevent a mental health problem from becoming a long –term mental illness. We are delighted to be hosting these important awareness-raising events in partnership with Libraries NI and would encourage anyone interested to come along.”

Sessions will take place in the libraries highlighted below during the dates and times specified. Contact each library directly to book a place.

Shankill Road Library Thursday 22 June from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. Telephone 028 9050 9232 to book a place.
Newcastle Library Tuesday 27 June from 3:00pm until 5:00pm. Telephone 028 4372 2710 to book a place