Depression Alliance has merged with Mind

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We're Mind, the mental health charity. We provide advice and support to anyone with a mental health problem. We're continuing to run Friends in Need and to support Depression Alliance's self-help groups. We can offer you advice and support on depression, too.

Your treatment, your choice

There are many different treatment options to explore. The more you can learn about your choices the more likely you are to be able to find something that works. Your GP is there to listen and to guide you through the available options, but it’s ultimately your decision. It makes sense; having more of a say in your own treatment means you’re likely to stick with it, get the best out of it and feel more positive about your recovery.

Think of it like a jigsaw. It’s usually about finding different things that work together in combination, rather than finding one perfect solution.


  • Find out if there are any doctors at your surgery specialising in mental health, as they’re more likely to know more about the different treatments and support available.
  • If you’re not happy with the GPs at your surgery, shop around. Talk to others in your area at a group or online to find out if there’s anyone they recommend.
  • Keep an open mind. People respond differently to treatments, so something that didn’t work for a friend might be perfect for you.
  • Give your treatment time. If you want to move on to a different option your doctor may be more open to discussion if you’ve tried it for the correct amount of time.
  • Keep at it. Finding things that work can sometimes be a long process, so keep in touch with your GP and don’t be put off if you feel like you’re not getting anywhere at first.

If you’re waiting for treatment, consider our self help techniques to help boost your mood and lift your spirits.