Taken from www.aware.ie
Aware, established in 1985 is a national charity in Ireland, which provides support, education and information about depression, anxiety and other common mental health problems. For more information about Aware read the About Aware Leaflet. Aware have been delivering the Living Life to the Full classes, which they call the Life Skills Group Programme. It is delivered over the course of six weeks, each session is 90 minutes long, with the help of a trained facilitator at each session. Life Skills is offered in a group setting with each group comprising around 25 people.
Life Skills is supported by Tesco Charity of the year Partnership, who nationwide have organised mock weddings, fashion shows, dog shows, skydives, bake sales, golf tournaments, talent shows, 32 county challenges, pop-up shops, and some stores even walked across fire to support Aware! The money raised has enabled Aware to offer free depression support and information programmes to thousands of adults and secondary school students nationwide.
The Living Life to the Full classes they delivered have been independently evaluated by Aware. The evaluation showed a statistically significant improvement in participants’ self-reported levels of anxiety and depression after completing the programme. This means that participants of the Life Skills programme reported less levels of anxiety and depression after completing the programme.
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