Aware calling for 40 volunteers to help with depression support line

The announcement comes after latest estimates from the World Health Organisation say over 300 million people globally are living with depression.

Aware is calling for 40 volunteers from the Greater Dublin Area to join their support team.

The organisation, which provides support, education and information about depression and bipolar disorder, has seen a 20% increase in phonecalls - writes dublinlive.

The announcement comes after latest estimates from the World Health Organisation say over 300 million people globally are living with depression.

And a whopping 450,000 of these are living in Ireland.

The figures also showed that 45,000 Irish people are experiencing bipolar disorder.

People who choose to volunteer for Aware will help manage their support line as it experiences an influx in calls, and will receive training before they start.

Aware is also adding a new phone line to its current service to reach demand.

Brid O’Meara, Director of Services at Aware, said: "The Aware Support Line is a crucial lifeline to the one in ten people in Ireland experiencing depression.

“We know that it takes a huge amount of courage for callers to make that initial first contact with us, and without more volunteers and an additional phone line we are running the risk of those calls going unanswered.

“To be met with silence, having made that first call to us is the worst possible scenario for someone experiencing depression.

"For many, when they call our support line, it is the first time that they realise they are not alone.

"We know we can make a real difference to our callers and it is why we are asking the people to join our team and be a voice of hope for someone experiencing depression.”

The "Aware Support Line" is a free service where people can talk about issues relating to their own mood or the mood of a friend or family member who may be experiencing depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.

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