Booking Mood Matters

How can I book a Mood Matters presentation?
Please contact Andrea Kearns, Education and Training Manager, on Belfast 02890357820 or email andrea@aware-ni.org to arrange a booking.

What is the cost?
There is not normally a charge for Mood Matters in Young People programme, however all hosting schools and other youth organisations are encouraged to make a donation or undertake fund-raising activities for Aware Defeat Depression. Limited funding has been received to deliver adult programmes. Where no funding is available the programme costs 350.00 for up to 25 participants.

Why Mood Matters?
All our Mood Matters programmes are aimed at specific target groups and the content is regularly reviewed and revised in light of new research, best practice and experience of delivery.

Mood Matters in Young People is the only programme of its kind that focuses specifically on depression amongst young people in Northern Ireland. Since its launch in 2000 more than 200 second and third level educational establishments have hosted Mood Matters sessions, with approximately 250 sessions delivered per year. In 2003 Mood Matters was awarded the Lottery Monitor Award for Excellence.

It is estimated that up to 20% of young people suffer from depression at some stage in their teenage years. Research shows the age of onset is lowering and the numbers presenting is increasing. In addition depression is often a significant contributing factor in self-harm and suicide.

The largest difference between suicide rates in NI and other UK regions is in young people. Health Minister Edwin Poots recently stated that "Early intervention for positive mental health and strong emotional resilience in young people, together with wider measures to improve quality of life are required" .

What previous participants have said.
"This session was excellent and pointed out clearly, things to help yourself and organise who to go to, to seek help. Thank you".
"Good address highlighted that physical and mental illness are equal. Help is there but try and help yourself".
"Excellent presentation and everyone should have the opportunity to attend and learn about mental health issues".