AWARE NI take the plunge to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and raise vital funds and awareness for mental health in Northern Ireland!

AWARE NI take the plunge to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and raise vital funds and awareness for mental health in Northern Ireland!

AWARE NI, depression charity for Northern Ireland, is hosting a cold water dip (the AWARE Sea Splash) for the second year on Sunday, 11 September, at Benone Strand and Ballyholme Beach to raise vital funds and awareness for mental health in Northern Ireland!

Following the success of last year, this exciting charity event returns, incorporating the buzz surrounding the ever-growing trend of sea-swimming alongside the proven benefits of cold water for your physical and mental well-being.

Margaret McCrossan, Community Fundraising Officer at AWARE, said: “With such an amazing reception at last year’s AWARE Sea Splash, we’re delighted to bring it back!

Cold water swimming is fantastic for your physical and mental health – improving your circulation, boosting your immune system while releasing endorphins and reducing stress. The AWARE Sea Splash also provides the perfect opportunity to meet new people whilst raising funds and awareness of mental health to help others who may be struggling. We’d absolutely love for you to join us on Sunday 11 September!”

This is a 14+ event which invites people of all swimming abilities to participate, making it the perfect opportunity to have some fun with friends! AWARE will provide lifeguards to ensure group safety and encourage swimmers to stay at a depth they are comfortable with and used to. All funds raised from this event will support those affected by depression, anxiety and bipolar in Northern Ireland through AWARE NI’s services.

AWARE NI offers mental health support to people of all generations in Northern Ireland. The charity’s free-to-attend support groups welcome people living with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. The groups provide a safe space to meet with others on a similar journey who can understand, encourage and suggest helpful

ways of coping. AWARE NI also delivers mental health awareness courses to schools, workplaces, community groups, and hospitals to equip people with the tools they need to best look after their minds. For information on AWARE’s programmes and support, please go to www.aware-ni.org.

If you would like to register to participate in the AWARE Sea Splash (tickets £10 each) or find out more information, please visit www.aware-ni.org.uk/seasplash.

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