Self help Support Groups

About Depression Alliance Self Help Groups

Depression Alliance supports a national network of self help groups across England which all welcome new members. Details of each group and how you can get in contact is set out below. Where phone numbers or email addresses are provided, it is best to contact the local volunteer Group Facilitator directly. Some groups listed simply ask newcomers to come along to the next meeting.

Where contact details are not listed, we can contact the Group Facilitator on your behalf. Please send your name, address, phone number and email address to the Depression Alliance office or groups (at)

Please note: Email addresses have been displayed in the following format whatever (at) to prevent them being harvested for spam. Please replace the spaces and the (at) with @.

Starting a new group

If there isn’t a local group near you but you’d like to know more about starting one, please contact the Depression Alliance office and ask for our guide to starting a new group.




Meets 3 times per week on Monday and Tuesday evening and Friday morning
See website for venues.
Richard 07989 584 524
changesbristol (at)



Meets fortnightly on Monday evenings, close to Luton town centre
Robert 01582 583668



Meets first Tuesday of month, 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Quaker Meeting House, Church Street, Reading
readingdepressiongroup (at)
or call DA on 0845 123 23 20 leaving your phone no and we will pass it on.


High Wycombe

Meets alternate Friday evenings 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Tasha 07772 853763 or Ginny 07772 809432
ctprior (at)


Romiley, Stockport

Meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Also holds a 12 step meeting every Saturday 10.30 – 12.30 and every Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Life Centre, 3 Stockport Road, Romiley SK6 4BN
John or Chris 0161 430 1130
info (at)

County Durham


Meets monthly on a Thursday at Darlington MIND
Darran Faulkner 01325 283169



Meets fortnightly on Mondays 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Resource Centre, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, London Rd, Derby DE1 2NS
Heather or David 07891 801467 (Answerphone)
derbyshiredc (at)



Meets monthly 1st and 3rd
Wednesdays, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.
Strouden Park Community Centre, Bradpole Road (opp Castlepoint Shopping Centre), Bournemouth BH8 9NX
Judy 01202 888 013

East Sussex

Brighton & Hove

Meets monthly on 3rd Wednesday, 7.30 pm to 9.00pm
The Priory Hospital, 14-18 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4FH
Justin 07977 048416
amethys8 (at)



Meets monthly on 1st Tuesday & 3rd Thursday 7.45 to 9.30 pm
The Priory Hospital, Broad Oaks, Stump Lane, Chelmsford CM1 7SJ
Malcolm 01621 740583

North Romford (women only)

Meets monthly on second Thursday of the month 7pm to 9pm
Pat 07919 846098 weekday evenings



Meets first Thursday in each month, 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm
Andover MIND, South St, Andover SP10 2BN
Frances 01264 333833
Andover (at)

Elvetham Heath

Meets weekly Tuesdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Gillian Hart, Voluntary Action 01252 815652

Farnborough (Sunshine & Showers)

Meets every Monday 7pm – 8.30pm
Gillian, Hart Voluntary Action, 01252 815652

Fleet (Sunshine & Showers)

Meets every Wednesday 1pm – 2.30pm
Gilian, Hart Voluntary Action, 01252 815652

Frimley (Sunshine & Showers)

Meets every Monday 11.45am – 1.15pm
Gillian, Hart Voluntary Action, 01252 815652

Hook (Sunshine & Showers)

Meets every Tuesday 1pm – 2.30pm
Gillian, Hart Voluntary Action, 01252 815652


Meets weekly Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Gillian Hart, Voluntary Action 01252 815652

Yateley (Sunshine & Showers)

Meets every Thursday 1pm – 2.20pm
Gillian, Hart Voluntary Action, 01252 815652


St Albans

Meets monthly in St Albans 3rd Friday Friday 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Please contact Peter 01727 762347 for more details


Meets alternate Wednesdays 11am – 1pm and alternate Wednesdays 7pm – 9pmbr /> MIND, 13 Town Square, Stevenage SG1 1BP (next to Bus Station).
Lorna 07884 472006
stevenageda (at)



Meets monthly 1st Tuesday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Mounts Road, Greenhithe DA9 9ND
Claire 07748 572578
greenhitheda (at)

Medway Women’s Support & Self Help Group

Meets monthly 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 10.30 am to 12.30
Balmoral Clinic, Balmoral Gardens, Gillingham ME7 4PN
Margaret 01634 718471



Meets every Friday afternoon 2.00 pm to 4.00pm
Wilkin Mount, 1 Highfield Road, Clitheroe BB7 1AQ. Potential members please ring before attending.
Anne 01200 429333


Meets every Thursday 7pm – 9pm
The Fernandes Centre, North Street, Burnley
Janet 07923 478510
broadlyj (at)



Meets alternate Tuesdays in city centre
Chris (female) 0116 251 9275 Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 8.00 pm.



Meets monthly on last Tuesday
St Andrews Church Hall, Adshead Road, Clubmoor, L13 0AL
Danielle or Julie-Anne 0151 226 3406
danielle (at)



Meets alternate Thursday evenings 7.30 to 9.30pm
Please send your name, address, phone no and email address to the DA office, or groups (at)



Meets 1st and 3rd Monday of month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Rothwell Methodist Church, Market Square, Rothwell NN14 6DN
Richard 07793 160603



Meets weekly Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm
Call for venue details.
Wendy 01952 541409
Futuchoices (at)



Please send your name, address, phone no and email address to the DA office, or groups (at)

Richmond upon Thames

Meets on the first Thursday of the mnonth 7.30 to 9.00 pm
Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church, Ormond Road, Richmond TW10 6TH
Contact DA for further details.


Meets every Tuesday 7.00pm to 9.00pm and every Thursday 1.00pm to 2.30pm
Corner House, 2 Courtenay Road, Woking GU21 5HQ
Judith Sergeant 01483 757461
info (at)

Tyne & Wear


Meets every Tuesday 10.30 am to 12 noon
Headlight, 14 Mary Street, Sunderland SR1 3NH
Julie 0191 510 1494
whitejwht6 (at)

West Midlands

Birmingham BGLAD (Gays and Lesbians Against Depression)

Meets weekly Thursdays 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Healthy Gay Life, 146 Bromsgrove Street, Gay Village, Birmingham City Centre
Mark 0121 301 1284 or 07985 882681

Birmingham (city centre

Meets monthly on 1st Wednesday of month, 11am to 1pm
Birmingham Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ.
Jo 07879 222 374

Birmingham (Erdington)

Meets monthly on 3rd Wednesday of month, 11am to 1pm
Erdington Library, Orphanage Road, Birmingham B24 9HP
Jo 07879 222 374
jo_erdington (at)

Birmingham (Stirchley)

Meets monthly on last Wednesday of month, 11am to 1pm
Stirchley Community Centre, 1326 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2XS.
Jo 07879 222 374


Meets weekly Tuesday afternoons
Call for times and venues.
Heather 0121 565 1915

Sutton Coldfield

Please send your name, address, phone no and email address to the DA office, or groups (at)



Run a programme including 1-to-1 counselling, group therapy, loss/bereavement group, self-help sessions and courses
90 Commercial St, Batley WF17 5DS
Debbie Smales 01924 446 413
Enquiries (at)

Halifax (Shibden)

Meets monthly on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 1.00 to 3.00 pm
1-2 Lane Ends, Shibden, Halifax HX3 7UW
01422 368 435 (ansaphone)
No meetings in August

London Groups


Meets regularly on Monday and Tuesday evenings
Trinity Church Centre, 15 Nether St, North Finchley N12 7NN
For further details contact Danny 07896 610479
barnet.depressionalliance (at)

Croydon (Addiscombe)

Meets 2nd and 4th Monday of month 8.00 – 9.30pm
The Crypt, St Mary Magdelane Church, Canning Road, Addiscombe
Norma 020 8684 3651
normagertie (at)


Meets every other Thursday 7.30 – 9.30. Contact organiser for details.
Nick 0870 034 7067
nickadmin (at)


Meets 1st Wednesday of month 7.30 – 9.30pm
Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, Roupell Park Estate, Brixton Hill SW2 3LU
Philip 020 8675 5080
pstones (at)


Meets monthly 1st Saturday 2pm to 5pm
South-East London NHS Building
4th Floor, 1 Lower Marsh Rd, London SE1 7NT
waterloo (at)

West Hampstead

Meets on first Wednesday of month 7.30 – 9.30 pm.
Contact organiser for details.
Nick 0870 034 7067
nickadmin (at)


For information about self help groups in Scotland please visit their website:

or email groups (at)


For information about self help groups in Wales please contact Journeys (was DA Cymru) on 029 2069 2891 info (at)

Internet group

If you would like to join our internet group, which is open to supporters of Depression Alliance only, please contact datalk-admin (at), or contact the DA office.

Pen-friend scheme

To learn more about this scheme please contact the DA office for information and an application form.

About Self Help Groups

Self help groups provide a forum where people who are affected by depression can meet to share experiences and coping strategies with others in similar situations. Groups aim to provide mutual support and understanding in a non-judgmental, confidential environment. Meetings are not the same as therapy (although they do have a therapeutic value), but many people find that they gain much from the acceptance and understanding of fellow members.

When you are affected by depression, the prospect of attending a self help group can be very intimidating. Here are just a few of the “myths” which may deter you from attending your local group:

“Attending a self help group may be a negative experience which will make me feel even more low”.

Group meetings are positive experiences where people feel able to express their feelings without explanation and guilt. Members find it easier to support people through their difficulties, and this may help to reduce feelings of worthlessness.”

“Other group members will impose their views about causes, treatment and recovery.”

Self help group meetings are based on the mutual respect of every member’s opinions and beliefs. People are required to have a non-judgmental attitude and must not dominate the group, aggressively promote one set of beliefs, or refuse to listen to others or make room for their experiences. Members discuss treatment options but are always advised to consult their healthcare practitioner about any concerns.

“Other group members will not be able to relate to my situation and I will feel more isolated and vulnerable”.

Because they are attended by people suffering from or recovering from depression, all groups provide an environment where members feel confident and comfortable in sharing experiences with others. We also have a few specialist groups eg for Asian women, gays and lesbians, women only and carers.

“I’ll be expected to share more information about my feelings and experiences than I feel ready for”.

Most groups operate an introduction system where each member has about five minutes to introduce themselves, providing new members with the opportunity to get to know others’ circumstances from the outset. You do not have to speak if you don’t want to, and the groups will always respect this, as they will throughout meetings.

Please remember…

Depression Alliance self help groups are developed and co-ordinated by volunteers (called Group Facilitators). Group facilitator are not expected to be experts on depression, nor are they trained to offer counselling or therapy to individuals. Please do not telephone a Group Facilitator for this purpose; for emotional support and information please call Saneline or The Samaritans. If there are no groups listed here that are in your area please contact MIND who also run various self help groups across the country.

Saneline 08457 678000
The Samaritans 08457 909090
MIND 08457 660163