The first rule of survival is: you need a support system. And when one is struggling with depression, it's particularly hard to build one. It is my hope that this group could be a beginning. If you're in Brooklyn and dealing with your darkness, this group is for you. It is meant to share stories, tips on overcoming this illness and information about how to find reliable and affordable treatments, but also for enjoying common interests and organizing useful distractions for each other.
A note from your humble organizer: I would like this group to be particularly welcoming and accessible to those who don't have a lot of disposable income and can't afford fancy paid counseling or retail therapy.
PLEASE READ THE RULES if you just joined and are planning to attend the next meeting.
IF YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE IN THE TIMES OF COVID-19, NYS has launched a mental health hotline: for FREE emotional support, consultation, and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.
NYC WELL program: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/is a city-wide free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365. The number to call is 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355).