Self-help support groups

There are currently seven self-help support groups for people experiencing low mood, anxiety and depression that are affiliated to Action on Depression. These groups are run in Ayr, Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kilmarnock and St Andrews.  We also have a monthly online chat.

Groups supported by Action on Depression

Find out more about how our self-help support groups work.

No group in your area? We also maintain a list of groups run by other organisations.

If you need to know anything else, email Action on Depression.

The groups are affiliated to Action on Depression and have been set up with the aim of providing a safe place for people experiencing depression and low mood to meet in safety and to share experiences.  Neither the group nor Action on Depression can be held responsible for any distress or actions  which may arise as a result of discussions held at the group meeting.

 

                                                                            

 

THE WAY FORWARD - Ayr Support Group 

 

DUE TO HIGH ATTENDANCE NUMBERS, THE WAY FORWARD IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERING FORMING A SECOND SUPPORT GROUP. IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, PLEASE DO EMAIL THEM  ON wayforwardayr@gmail.com SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE PERSONAL CONTACT AND KEEP YOU UPDATED. 

Meetings take place at:

Strathyre House, 42 Prestwick Road, Ayr, KA8 8LB

Meetings in 2014

The group meets on fortnightly Mondays:

  • 7th July
  • 21st July
  • 4th August
  • 18th August
  • 1st September
  • 15th September
  • 29th September
  • 13th October
  • 27th October
  • 10th November
  • 24th November
  • 8th December
  • 22nd December

You can contact the group by emailing wayforwardayr@gmail.com

This group has been set up in partnership with Ayr Action for Mental Health.

 

 

                                                                            

                                             

NORTH AYRSHIRE ACTION - Irvine

 

Meetings take place at:

Burgh Room, Volunteer Halls, High Street Irvine, KA12 0BA

Alternative Tuesday Evenings 7pm - 9pm

Meetings in 2014 (all Tuesdays) No need to call ahead, just turn up. 

  • 8th July
  • 22nd July
  • 5th August
  • 19th August
  • 2nd September
  • 16th September
  • 30th September
  • 14th October
  • 28th October
  • 11th November
  • 25th November
  • 9th December

Email northayrshire.action@yahoo.co.uk with any queries. 

 

                                                                            

MIND SPACE - Dunfermline Support Group

 

Meetings take place at:

Gillespie Memorial Church Hall,

Chapel Street ,

Dunfermline,

Fife,

KY12 7AW

(Please note that no association with Gillespie Memorial Church is required in order to attend).

 

Meetings in 2014

Alternate Thursdays, 7.30-9.30pm.

  • 16th October

  • 30th October

  • 13th November

  • 27th November

  • 11th December

 

No need to call ahead, just turn up. 

 

You can contact the group

by email mindspacedunfermline@gmail.com for specific questions about the group only.  They are unable to answer personal enquiries.

 

                                                                            

 

 

HIGHLAND 'STRESS MANAGEMENT' - Inverness Support Group

Meetings take place at:

Multicultural Centre Inverness, 1 Ardconnel Terrace, Inverness, IV2 3AE (Map)

Meetings in 2014

The group meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 5.30pm. No need to call ahead, just turn up. 

  • 7th July
  • 21st July
  • 4th August
  • 18th August
  • 1st September
  • 15th September
  • 6th October
  • 20th October
  • 3rd November
  • 17th November
  • 1st December
  • 15th December

You can contact the group by phone/txt on 0756 4922 839 or email beyoufeelgood@gmail.com

 

                                                                            

 

DEPRESSION & ANXIETY MUTUAL SUPPORT (DAMS) - Dundee

Meetings take place at:

The Chaplaincy Centre 
University of Dundee
Cross Row 

Dundee DD1 4HN  (Map)

(Please note that although the group meets in the Univeristy of Dundee, you do not need to have any association with the Univeristy to attend the group)

Monthly on the 3rd Monday of each month, 6pm - 8pm

Meetings in 2014 (all Mondays) No need to call ahead, just turn up. 

  • 21st July
  • 18th August
  • 15th September
  • 20th October
  • 17th November
  • 15th December

You can contact the group by email damsdundee@gmail.com for specific questions about the group only.  They do not answer personal enquiries.

 

                                                                            

 

EDINBURGH DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP

Meetings take place at:

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square. Edinburgh (Map)

Alternative Tuesday Evenings 7pm - 8.45pm

Meetings in 2014 (all Tuesdays) No need to call ahead, just turn up. 

  • 8th July
  • 22nd July
  • 5th August
  • 19th August
  • 2nd September
  • 16th September
  • 30th September
  • 14th October
  • 28th October
  • 11th November
  • 25th November
  • 9th December

You can email edinburghdepsupportgroup@hotmail.co.uk for specific questions about the group only.  They do not answer personal enquiries.

 

                                                                            

POST NATAL DEPRESSION GROUP - South Edinburgh

 

Meetings take place at:

Valley Park Community Centre, 37 Southhouse Road, Edinburgh, EH17 8EU (Map)

Alternative Fridays 10am-11.30am

Meetings in 2014 (all Fridays) No need to call ahead, just turn up. Children are welcome and soft play is provided. 

  • 10th October
  • 24th October
  • 7th November
  • 21st November
  • 5th December
  • 19th December

You can email edinburghpndgroup@gmail.com for specific questions about the group.  They are unable to answer personal enquiries.

 

 

                                                                            

 

CLEAR MIND - Leith Support Group

 

Meetings take place at:

"The Space", 86 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 5LJ (map)

Every month on a Tuesday 12.45-2.15

Meetings in 2014 No need to call ahead, just turn up. 

  • Tuesday 8th April
  • Tuesday 6th May
  • Tuesday 3rd June
  • Tuesday 1st July
  • Tuesday 29th July
  • Tuesday 26th August
  • Tuesday 23rd September
  • Tuesday 21st October
  • Tuesday 18th November
  • Tuesday 16th December

Email clearmind.leith@gmail.com for more details about the group.

 

                                                                            

 

SELF HELP AND RECOVERY IN GLASGOW (SHARING) - Glasgow Support Group

Meetings take place at:

Glasgow Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent. Glasgow. G2 4PS (Map)

Alternate Tuesday Evenings 7.00pm - 8.45pm

Meetings in 2014 (all Tuesdays) No need to call ahead, just turn up. 

  • 8th July
  • 15th July
  • 29th July
  • 12th August
  • 26th August
  • 9th September
  • 23rd September
  • 7th October
  • 21st October
  • 4th November
  • 18th November
  • 2nd December
  • 16th December

You can email glasgowsharing@gmail.com for specific questions about the group only. 

Please help fund this vital support group by donating to their Just Giving page.

 

                                                                            

 

St Andrews Depression and Anxiety Support Group

Meetings take place at:

The Chaplaincy Centre, Mansefield, 3A St Mary's Place, St Andrews, Fife. KY16 9UY (Map)

Monthly on the first Monday of each month 6.45pm - 8.45pm

Meetings in 2014 (all Mondays) No need to call ahead, just turn up. 

  • 6th January
  • 3rd February
  • 3rd March
  • 7th April
  • 5th May
  • 2nd June
  • 7th July
  • 4th August
  • 1st September
  • 6th October
  • 3rd November
  • 1st December

You can contact the group by email stadasgroup@gmail.com for specific questions about the group only.  They do not answer personal enquiries.

 

                                                                            

 

WEST LOTHIAN SUPPORT GROUP

 

 

Meetings take place at:

Crofthead Farm, Dedridge, Livingston, EH54 5DG

First Wednesday of every month, 6.30-8.30pm - no need to call ahead, just turn up. 

Dates in 2014:

  • 1st October
  • 5th November
  • 3rd December

 

 

 

Online Chat

 

For anyone in Scotland.  Meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month (unless interrupted by staff holidays, in which case it'll be moved to the second Weds)
 7 - 9pm.

Chat's in 2014

  • Weds 8th January
  • Weds 5th February
  • Weds 5th March
  • Weds 2nd April
  • Weds 14th May
  • Weds 4th June
  • Weds 2nd July
  • Weds 6th Aug
  • Weds 17th Sept
  • Weds 1st Oct
  • Weds 5th Nov
  • Weds 3rd Dec

 

Last Updated: May 2014