‘Aint no mountain high enough’ for local trekkers climbing Slieve Donard

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Friday, September 30th, 2016
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Leading mental health charity AWARE is encouraging groups of friends, families and colleagues to get together to take on Northern Ireland’s highest peak and help raise money for mental health charity, AWARE. aware6On Saturday 8th October 2016, AWARE is expecting 100 people to climb Slieve Donard and raise £10,000 to celebrate World Mental Health Day which is happening on Monday 10th October. AWARE is using the world recognised day to encourage people to conquer Slieve Donard whilst raising awareness and funds to help people with depression and bipolar disorder across Northern Ireland. Helping to promote the challenge, AWARE Ambassador and Cool FM DJ Paulo Ross said, “AWARE provide a vital service across Northern Ireland to people with depression and bipolar disorder. “They also deliver mental health programmes to children in post-primary schools teaching them about mental health and helping them to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental illness. “I am delighted to be supporting AWARE with their annual Slieve Donard trek. As a mountain walker and keen fitness enthusiast myself, I know how important exercise is in maintaining good mental health.
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September 2016He continued, “I would encourage groups of friends, family and colleagues to sign up to the Slieve Donard Trek and participate as a team and see for yourself how good you will feel after doing it. “Slieve Donard is one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic mountain treks and AWARE chose it because they wanted something that would appeal to both seasoned climbers, as well as first timers wanting to achieve new goals. “In a broader sense, I guess climbing a mountain does symbolise the personal challenge many of AWARE’s service users have when dealing with mental illness. By scaling the Mournes peak, you will be helping to stamp out the stigma of depression as well as conquering your own amazing mountain challenge,” he added. Participants can register for the Slieve Donard Trek on the AWARE website at www.aware-ni.org/donardtrek or by calling 028 9035 7820.

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