Good friends who understand depression can be a life-line. Friends in Need is a free and supportive community for everyone affected by depression, so you don’t have to go through it alone. You can find new friends in your local area and online, so you’ll always have a safe and friendly space when you need it most.
“I have never spoken openly about how things are inside for me, but by opening up on here I feel like a massive burden has been lifted. Friends in Need takes away that worry that you don’t belong. Here you always do.”
Friends in Need is an online and offline community supported by the charity Mind. At Mind we provide advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We work with CCGs and local authorities to build sustainable peer support networks within the local community to help combat the loneliness and isolation that often comes with depression. We currently have 6 Friends in Need partnerships based at branches of Mind in West London, Croydon, Southwark, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead, West Berkshire and Bath.
And it’s not just about talking. Friends in Need is inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing, simple ideas we can all try in our everyday lives to help us feel good and function well. The Five Ways to Wellbeing are, Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, and Give. It’s about finding fun and uplifting ways to boost your mood, stay well and to help support others. The group activities are all arranged and facilitated by members themselves, based on what people in the Friends in Need community have told us they find most helpful in managing depression.
"It's lovely to get out of the flat and do something different. I enjoy being part of the group and learning, and I always feel welcomed by all." Fatima