Leinster Rugby is delighted to be working with Aware and Debra Ireland as our two charity partners for the season ahead.
Aware is the national organisation working since 1985 to provide support, education and information around depression and bipolar disorder. The organisation also provides positive mental health education programmes, which each year reach 30,000 students aged 15-18; 3,000 employees in workplaces nationwide, and 2,500 adults who are dealing with the impact of stress, anxiety or challenging life situations.
Depression is estimated to affect more than 450,000 people in Ireland at any one time, while 40,000 people experience bipolar disorder. Aware also offers support to people who care about someone who is managing one of these conditions.
(Above: Ross Molony, Cian Healy and Devin Toner wear ‘Happy Socks’ in support of Aware for World Mental Health Day.)
DEBRA Ireland was established to provide support services to patients and families living with the debilitating skin condition EB (epidermolysis bullosa). DEBRA also drives research into treatments and cures for those living with the condition.
Established in 1988 by the patients and families of those living with EB, DEBRA provides hope and support to those living with EB. There are currently 300 people living in Ireland with the condition. DEBRA Ireland provides support not only to them but to their families who regularly act as carers.
Further information on Aware: aware.ie
Further information on DEBRA Ireland: debraireland.org