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21 – 23 Hill Street

Tackling Depression

Depression affects us all

In Scotland, an estimated 1 in 5 of us will experience depression. This means 1,250,000 people living in Scotland will be affected. Potentially 500,000 Scots are currently experiencing varying symptoms of depression and half of these will not have any help or support.

What is Depression?

Depression is an illness. It is not a sign of weakness and cannot just be 'snapped out of'. Everyone feels low from time to time and may say they feel depressed but that’s not necessarily Depression. Symptoms will be different for every person but they may include, feeling negative and hopeless about your life and the future, feeling guilty bad or inadequate, poor concentration and lack of energy or motivation.


When you are Depressed, it may seem impossible that you will ever feel better. These thoughts and feelings are very common; however the majority of people who have Depression do recover. And many say they gain self-belief from having survived an extremely difficult challenge!

How can Action on Depression help?

Self-help support groups are a good place to find people you can talk to and many people find attending a group helps them feel less alone. Groups for 2016 are running in Edinburgh, West Lothian, Glasgow and Ayr.

The Edinburgh group meets every second Tuesday with the next meeting being on 10th May 2016 and fortnightly thereafter.

The Glasgow group dates for the rest of 2016 are as follows: 3/5/16, 17/5/16, 24/5/16, 7/6/16, 21/6/16, 5/7/16, 19/7/16, 2/8/16, 16/8/16, 30/8/16, 6/9/16, 20/9/16, 4/10/16, 18/10/16, 1/11/16, 15/11/16, 29/11/16, 6/12/16, 21/12/16.

Dates for the Ayr group are 2/5/16, 16/5/16 and fortnightly thereafter.

The Edinburgh group runs at The Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh and the Glasgow group at the Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow.  Both groups run from 7-8.45pm.

The Ayr group, The Way Forward, meets at Strathyre House, 42 Prestwick Road, Ayr from 7-9pm.

The West Lothian group at Crofthead Farm, Livingston runs on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 6.30-8.30pm.

Please contact for other groups and times.

Living Life to the Full courses (LLTTF)

If you'd like to enquire about forthcoming courses, please contact Courses run throughout the year.

Living Life to the Full
An open training course, starting on Saturday 4th June from 11am to 1pm for 6 weeks. If you would like to attend please email and we will send you a registration form and mood questionnaire to complete. The course is entirely free, but any donations to the charity would be very welcome!

Discussion Group
On 9th June in the evening we are holding an informal discussion group for people who have already attended a LLttF course and who would like to come along to meet like-minded people. You can share experiences, give informed advice, support or just sit and listen.

We aim to start at 6.30am and finish around 8.30. If you would like to attend please email

Living Life to the Full online courses are also available. To register for or talk through this option, please contact

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In the meantime, please use the contact details below:

Office Address – Action on Depression
21-23 Hill Street
Telephone 0131 226 8152

Action on Depression is not a crisis helpline however we do offer advice and information about depression and can be contacted at

Other useful numbers
116 123 (24/7 all year) – free
Breathing space 0800 838587 – free
SANEline 0300 304 7000 NHS24 111 (24/7 all year) – free
Edinburgh Crisis centre 0808 801 0414

Further Information

  • Living Life to the Full
    Free web based life skills course
  • SAMH Scottish Association for Mental Health
    0141 568 7000
  • BACP British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
    01455 883300












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