Could you conquer Northern Ireland’s highest peak for depression charity?

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Friday, September 27th, 2019
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Aware. the depression charity for Northern Ireland, is calling out for people to hike with them up our country’s highest peak at Slieve Donard on the 5 October 2019 to spread awareness of World Mental Health Day, encourage people to speak out about what is going on in their minds, and to raise funds for the charity to continue the work they do to support those living with depression, anxiety and bipolar.

Aware is hoping that at least 100 people will sign up to the trek in a bid to raise more than £10,000.

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The money raised from the fundraising efforts will go towards Aware providing support and services including their Mood Matters programme which is delivered in post-primary schools across Northern Ireland, as well as their 24 potentially life-saving Support Groups.



“Slieve Donard is one of our most iconic mountain treks and we chose it because we wanted something that would appeal to both seasoned climbers, as well as first-timers wanting to achieve new goals,” said event manager Lesley Wright.

“In a broader sense, I guess climbing a mountain does symbolise the personal challenge many of our service users have in 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.



“Once you’ve reached the 850m (2,789 ft) summit the views are extensive and on a clear day the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales and Scotland may be seen, as well as the long stretch of Newcastle Beach. 

“Returning back to the beautiful village of Newcastle you will enjoy some well-earned refreshments.

“We encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the Slieve Donard Trek as every penny raised will go directly to help local people directly suffering with depression,” Lesley added.



Participants can register for fundraising packs at 

Alternatively, you can call Lesley Wright on 028 9035 7820 ex 112 or email



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