Depression Alliance Awards
Depression Alliance knows that during your recovery a positive support structure is invaluable to your wellbeing, which is why to mark Depression Awareness week we asked some members of our groups ‘who was your friend when you were in need?’
We wanted to give them the opportunity to nominate someone that has gone that extra mile in showing kindness, support or offering practical help when they needed it most. We were overwhelmed by the nominations and accompanying stories that were sent to us, each one clearly reflecting the theme of Friends in Need; ‘to end the loneliness that comes with depression’.
The awards took place Wednesday 30th April at Kensington Palace and were presented by our Chief Exec Emer O’Neill, trustee Alison Lawrence and Operational Manager Mick Carroll. The first award, for media support, was presented to Ruby Wax, who was nominated by her friend Miranda because “Her compassionate and dedicated work in the mental health field has made a phenomenal difference to my life.”
Our first category was for friends, family or colleagues; our winners included Nick, who has tirelessly run two London based Depression Alliance self help groups, Michelle who nominated him said the group “..provides a steady and informal place for people to meet on a regular basis, This has given invaluable assistance to many, many people with depression including myself.”
The second category was to nominate a professional, who was your friend when you were in need. The winners included GP, Dr Simpson, nominated by Philip for her dedicated support and advice; “She told me I could see her at any time which helped. I did not abuse this but it made me feel safe. She also put me in touch with Friends in Need…. I know I would not be here if it were not for her and I know she is helping Depression Alliance which is helping me too.”
It was an emotional and inspiring afternoon which showed that even the smallest acts of kindness can provide an overwhelming amount of support for someone with depression and can save lives.
If you are in need of a friend or are willing to support someone in need then join our community Friends in Need.
Have a look at our videos from the award ceremony if you'd like to know more about some of the award winners and hear why they were nominated from the people that nominated them!