What areas are the groups currently run in?
There are currently four self-help support groups for people experiencing low mood, anxiety and depression that are supported by Action on Depression. These groups are run in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kilmarnock and St Andrews.
Find out about our other services for people living with depression.
What do the groups offer?
The focus of the groups is to offer people affected by depression the opportunity for confidential local support, contact with others in a similar situation and the opportunity to explore positive ways of coping with depression.
How are they run?
Each group is run slightly differently. Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to book, you can just pop along. Meetings are organised locally and work on the basis of confidentiality and mutual respect. Group Organisers receive training and support to enable them to run the groups. People may say as much or as little as they wish. Each group will also have a set of ground rules, decided by and for the group, so that members can have a say in what will make it a safe, acceptable and enjoyable space in which to meet.
Is there a cost involved?
The groups are self-financing and there is likely to be a small charge to cover the costs of venue hire and refreshments. However, please do not let this put you off attending as such contributions are usually voluntary.
What might I gain?
Members of past groups have reported that they value being able to speak openly, gain confidence, learn more about aspects of depression, establish a routine of attending meetings, build social contacts, and give and receive support from others.
The meetings provide an opportunity for those attending to share information about what has helped them in managing depression, low mood, anxiety etc.
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.