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This is a small group open for anyone who suffers (or suffered in the past) from stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression and any other related mental illnesses as well as introverts and isolated people who need socializing. It's also open for everybody who are interested in psychology, psychoanalysis, philosophy, self empowerment, arts, creative writing, photography, but not limited... There are no membership fees to join the group. However, we are currently limited to 50 people and therefore we prefer people who live in the close area and are available to join our meetings at least once a month.

Depression is a serious medical condition that is associated with symptoms such as melancholy, loss of pleasure, loss of energy, emptiness, disassociation, difficulty in concentrating, and even suicidal thoughts.Depression can be triggered by other mental illnesses, but it can also lead to certain mental illnesses. These include bipolar, OCD, PTSD, anxiety disorders , eating disorders and substance abuse. Depression may be very difficult to deal with, especially without the proper health support system but you are not alone...

Lack of socialization and depression often go together. If you are keeping mostly to yourself and not interacting with others, the isolation may worsen depressive symptoms. When it comes down to it, connecting with others makes life more meaningful. It also helps you to feel less alone. Socializing with others offers you an opportunity to focus on something other than your own problems. Being able to forget or keep away from things makes you feel happier and emotionally better.

I am a self survivor of PTSD and MDD caused by severe life traumas over the years and I know how painful it can be. I am creating this meetup group to support each other in any way we can. I studied psychology and psychoanalyses and I have been researching the non-drug based recovery methods such as meditation, hypnosis, mindfulness and self empowerment which help me a lot all the way in my own recovery. As a person who fights depression, I know that Freud's 'Free Association' therapy, simply openly talking to people we feel comfortable make us to face our 'inner problems' easier which would be the main part of the recovery process. In any mental illness, early diagnoses and self acceptance are certainly the key factors for a fast recovery. It is also very important to practice certain activities to prevent mental illnesses and/or after recovery for a lifetime mental well-being, as the symptoms are often repetitive and they may come back at anytime with no invitation, if not treated or prevented properly.

This small group will be limited to 50 people. The aim of the group is to provide various means of support for those dealing with anxiety, stress, depression and related mental illnesses. In our group, we will meet like-minded people who, just like us, understand the sufferings and symptoms associated with the mental illnesses and may have tried a variety of different ways of treatments, with or without any medication.

During our meetings, we can talk about our experiences, what we do to fight depression or to make us feel better, how do we get better medical care or any support we need.

In our meetings, you can talk and share as much or as little as you want, or you can just listen. Also, we don’t have to talk about mental health only, we can basically talk about anything and everything and have some fun together. We can also do activities together such as walking in the nature, group mediation, yoga, creative writing, art therapy, cooking classes, hiking and even travelling and camping... We are always open to all ideas and any assisting event organizers and/or volunteer professionals are always very welcome.

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• Respect other members' confidentially

• No judgment or harassment in anyway

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