A supportive community of friends who understand depression can be life-saving.
Our wellbeing networks are about fun and uplifting social activities to end the loneliness and isolation of depression. Whether you want to learn new skills, get back in to work, build your confidence or just meet new people, you’ll find friendly meet ups and groups led by members themselves to boost your mood and lift your spirits. We even meet in the evening and at weekends and holidays.
“Listening to other people and joining in with things here gives me hope that I’ll cope with this thing, depression. My GP is great and I’ve had counselling, but where do I go when they’re not there? Thank god I can come here [creativity group] and talk with you about it.”
Kensington and Chelsea creativity group member
If you don't see your area listed above please try our Friends in Need community for local groups and meet ups.
Our wellbeing networks are funded by local Clinical Commissioning Groups and are based within local NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services. This means that if you’re accessing or finishing a course of therapy you can be easily referred to a safe and supportive network of friends for vital social support, throughout the week and out-of- hours. Depression Alliance works in partnership with IAPT to meet the specific needs of local communities and to ensure the sustainability of the networks beyond the period of funding.