Depression Alliance merged with Mind on Monday 1 August 2016.
For almost 40 years, Depression Alliance has been bringing people together to end the loneliness and isolation that can come with depression.
Raising awareness and campaigning to improve attitudes towards depression has been central to Depression Alliance's work.
We are continuing to support the delivery of the 60 Depression Alliance self-help groups.
Together, we won't give up until everyone with depression gets the support they need and the respect they deserve.
Fraudulent activity on the former Depression Alliance website
The Friends in Need Online Community no longer exists and was closed on Monday 10th December 2018. We have become aware that there is a fraudulent version of the former Depression Alliance site currently live. The site appears to have legitimate content about depression, however, those who have tried to contact Depression Alliance via the site have reported receiving emails selling nutritional supplements.
We are very worried by the apparent intention to mislead those seeking support. We are investigating and will take action to make sure that the site is taken down as soon as possible.
Why did Depression Alliance merge with Mind?
Depression Alliance's ambition was to reach everyone affected by depression. As a small national charity, Depression Alliance decided it couldn't achieve this alone.
To continue delivering its wellbeing network, its self-help groups and its online community, Depression Alliance merged with Mind.
Mind and Depression Alliance have a lot in common. We both want to:
- Support everyone with depression
- Give people with depression a voice to raise awareness
- Bring people with experience of depression together to support each other
Friends in Need
Friends in Need was created by Depression Alliance. It's a supportive space for everyone living with depression. If you have depression, you can use it to connect with others in your local area.
The wellbeing network services are now being delivered by seven of our local Minds, and services will continue to be delivered as usual.
You can find out more about peer support services in your area through our peer support directory.
"Friends in Need is a place you can be yourself without fear you're being judged or told how you should act when you're depressed."
There are 60 Depression Alliance self-help groups operating across England - these are run by dedicated volunteers.
The groups will continue as usual with support from Mind at a national level. Our local Minds will support these services in the same way that independent groups across England and Wales are already supported to deliver peer support through the Side by Side programme.