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New mental health service opens in Antrim


Pictured: Support group facilitators Joanne (back left) and Leanne (back right) with group members.

AWARE, the depression charity for Northern Ireland, has teamed up with The Family Caring Centre in Antrim to provide new support groups for people living with depression.


The groups are open to all in the local community, including residents living in Crumlin, Templepatrick, Parkgate, Antrim, Randalstown and Toome.

There are two weekly groups, meeting on a Wednesday evening 7-8.30pm and a Thursday 9.30-11 am. Supported by AWARE, trained local facilitators host the groups in a safe, respectful and confidential environment.


Group Facilitator Leanne said:


"As a facilitator, having experienced depression myself, I feel lifted after a session and I see the members appearing lighter as they leave. I am truly humbled to see the members benefit from the group. The power of listening is invaluable".


Cherry Cantrell, Support Services Officer at AWARE, saidshe is delighted to see the opening of the new groups:


The pandemic has been difficult for those living with mental ill-health, and coming to a group can be an excellent coping mechanism. We would urge anyone in the local area who feels like they could use some support to come along to The Family Caring Centre.”


The support groups allow attendees to share feelings and get support from other group members through talking whilst learning more about the illness and new ways to cope through shared experiences.


A group member said:


Attending the support group is the highlight of my week. Sometimes I don’t feel like leaving the house, but when I come to the group, I feel listened to and better within myself”.


If you’re interested in coming along, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with The Family Caring Centre by calling 028 9446 4619 or emailing manager@familycaringcentre.co.uk