The noise in my head was deafening – by Darren

The noise in my head was deafening – by Darren (former Support Group user) On the run up to 31st October 2014 I had been feeling pretty down and seriously under pressure in work, home and University life (I was in my final year). I was feeling weepy, highly emotional and extremely confused. As an… Continue reading »

My Open Book – by Ciara McAllister

My Open Book – by Ciara McAllister I’ve always considered myself something of an open book. As a child I could never keep anything secret and anyone who has ever met me will confirm that I can be brutally honest and generally what you see is what you get with me. So, naturally, when my… Continue reading »

Mind your employees – dealing with mental health in the workplace

Mind your employees – dealing with mental health in the workplace

Mind your employees – dealing with mental health in the workplace – Eddie McClenaghan   As a fairly recent advertising and marketing graduate (though the student life seems like a distant memory at this stage after graduating in July 2013) the world of work definitely is a big lifestyle change for any typical student not… Continue reading »

Tuning into the Self-Discovery Channel: Finding my bouncebackability – by Eddie McClenaghan

Tuning into the Self-Discovery Channel: Finding my bouncebackability – by Eddie McClenaghan   It has been a good 6 months since I last put into writing how I have been getting on with my recovery from depression. I talked about all the help I sought out and received from my GP, Aware, Lifeline and from… Continue reading »

Honesty Is The Best Policy: My Journey Continued – Rebecca Dempsey

Honesty Is The Best Policy: My Journey Continued – Rebecca Dempsey

Honesty Is The Best Policy: My Journey Continued – Rebecca Dempsey That feeling comes; I’ve been here before. I’ve woken up and the sun is beaming through my bedroom window, but my head doesn’t feel so bright. That black cloud has come over me again. I can feel the sinking feeling in my gut and… Continue reading »

Depression – Dean Irwin

It’s so quiet around me Yet so loud insideThought going out would helpBut just walked and cried.Trying to avoid peopleAs I don’t want to converse,Cos some things they sayJust make it worse.Like “look what you’ve gotHow can you be depressed?”Or “there are people a lot worseYou should feel blessed”But you dont knowWhat it’s like in… Continue reading »

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Lifting the dark clouds – Leanne Reilly

Lifting the dark clouds  - Leanne Reilly  Postnatal Depression is one of the cruellest forms of the illness. It comes at a time when you need all your physical and emotional energy to work 24/7 keeping a tiny, helpless little human alive and loved. It attacks you at your weakest point, when you are without… Continue reading »

Depression – Grainne McAnee (Aged 25)

Depression – Grainne McAnee (Aged 25)

Depression – Grainne McAnee This is a poem written by Aware Defeat Depression staff member, Grainne McAnee when she was aged 25. Grainne came across this poem recently and thought it would be a nice addition to the blog. Grainne has written a very powerful blog for us before and has such a beautiful way… Continue reading »