Aware Defeat Depression launches the ‘Big D Guest T’ at Stormont

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
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Aware Defeat Depression is tackling the stigma of depression one cup of tea at a time as they unveiled their brand new fundraising initiative this week in Stormont. Aware is inviting people to host their own Big D Guest T tea parties in their homes, staff rooms, community centres and sport clubs on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th. The main aim is to get your family and friends gathered around a cup of tea and some buns, have a chat and in-turn raise funds for Aware Defeat Depression. Speaking at the launch was well known TV personality Lynda Bryans. Lynda suffered from depression 19 years ago and described it as “an experience I will never forget. It is like it happened last week and it stays right there in your head.” “When people like Stephen Fry and Alastair Campbell speak about their depression, it’s like it gives us permission to speak about our depression. “By hosting your own Guest T, you are helping tackle the stigma of depression and spreading a message encouraging people to talk about depression and mental ill-health.” Following the event Fundraising Officer for Aware, Kieran Hughes said, “Every penny raised from the Big D Guest T will go directly towards helping the increasing amount of people who suffer from depression in Northern Ireland. “The money raised will help fund Aware’s community services and education programmes. The Big D Guest T can help spread the message that depression is a common but treatable illness which any one of us could experience at any stage in our life.” Anyone who would like to host their own Big D Guest T can contact Aware Defeat Depression’s Fundraising Officer Kieran Hughes on or phone 028 9035 7820.
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