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.

Why I use Friends in Need

I found Friends in Need (FiN) very welcoming. It took me a while to get my footing there, but that's just me. I wasn't too trusting and didn't say much about myself. Now, I have a best friend - one that will last me my lifetime and another very good true friend. So I have TWO important people in my life now and that has made me so very happy.

I did connect with some people. As you must expect, I didn't gel with everyone but most were very pleasant.

There were no group meet ups near me but I was bold and brave, and met up individually with 5 people from FiN. Then, met up again and again with them. None close to me - but if you want changes in your life, you need to go the distance! :)

The moderation on the site is perfect in my personal opinion. Once I had a post edited because I was too graphic in self-harm - and I appreciated that. I would never want to upset anybody. Also, when people start talking about suicide, all parties who may have been involved are contacted and with respect and good manners - which I find rare nowadays, to be honest.

The bottom line is that people will get out of it, what they put into it.

FiN has helped my mental health greatly. By giving me the chance to help others, it made me feel worthwhile and not just a pile of old rubbish. I have made friends, real ones and they nourish my mind and soul. Because of them, my lows are less frequent and less intense. I would never want to reside in the desolate,cold and dark place I was hiding in before joining.

The more people that give it a go, the better. It was more than I ever thought it would be and I would love for other people to see the benefits too.

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