Depression Alliance

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 deliver services formerly provided by Depression Alliance, including:

  • Friends in Need (the online community and its wellbeing network)
  • and 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.

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,
  • and bring people with experience of depression together to support each other.

Friends in Need

Friends in Need was created by Depression Alliance. It is a supportive space for everyone living with depression. If you have depression, you can use it to connect with others online or in your local area.

  • Nationally, Mind is continuing to deliver the Friends in Need online community.  
  • Friends in Need wellbeing network services are now being delivered by seven of our local Minds, and services will continue to be delivered as usual.

Find out more about Friends in Need and join today:

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.

Self-help groups

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.

Find a self-help group today.

Questions about the merger?

If you have any questions, please email us at or call us on 020 8215 2243.

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