The Portlaoise Aware support group is now meeting at the slightly later time of 7.45pm every Tuesday in the Portlaoise Parish Centre, grounds of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Portlaoise.
Aware says its support group meetings are a free and an effective option for people who are experiencing depression or bipolar disorder. The Portlaoise group is free to attend. No referral is needed.
Rosemary Carvill, Aware’s local Support Group Co-ordinator, hopes that the new time will be more convenient for local people.
“I think sometimes there is a fear that the support meeting will be all ‘doom and gloom’ or that it will make you feel worse than you already do. But that is so far from the truth; it can be really helpful to learn from others who have walked a similar path with depression and to look at helpful actions you can take that can make a difference. There’s lots to be learned at the Aware support groups and it can be very life-affirming,” she said