SUPPORT AND SOCIAL ATMOSPHERE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION
The GVRD Depression Meetup Group is a casual, enjoyable, supportive social environment for people coping with depression to get together and meet others who can relate. Anyone with experience of depression of any kind is welcome to join – we have members of all ages and walks of life.
We aim to provide a positive way to combat the social isolation that both contributes to and can be worsened by depression. Our meetups are friendly, informal events where it’s safe to be yourself and share your experiences without feeling pressured to hide or minimize your depression. We often discuss treatments/resources and share therapy stories, but quite a lot of the time we just talk about what goes on in our lives, have a few laughs, and generally try to be friendly supports to one another.**
Our meetup times and days vary from week to week. Most of our events are get-togethers for coffee/tea and conversation at local cafes in the Vancouver area. Occasionally we go out for restaurant meals or relaxing walks. When possible, we schedule relevant interesting educational lectures and community events. There is no fee to join the group and there are no annual membership dues.
Whether your depression is chronic or intermittent, whether it’s major depressive disorder, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, SAD, or any other kind of depression, whether it’s situational or biological, whether you take medication or not, whether you’re new to this or have had it for years, you will find yourself among people who understand here.
**Please note that this is NOT a therapy group. If you’re joining hoping to receive therapy or treatment from us, this is not the group for you. We’re just everyday people getting together for coffee – our meetups are not a substitute for professional help! If you’re feeling suicidal or are in a state of acute emotional crisis that you cannot deal with on your own, we strongly urge you to seek help from a doctor, mental health professional, crisis centre, or the nearest hospital emergency department.