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What we're about

Our main purpose is to remind us that we are not alone and we can help each other, share thoughts, strategies and ways to both help ourselves and others affected.

Hello fellow knowledge hungry friends,

So lets's get right into it. Nearly a fifth of adults in the UK experience anxiety or depression, according to the latest official figures from The Office for National Statistics (http://www.theguardian.com/uk/office-for-national-statistics), there was evidence of anxiety or depression in 19% of people aged 16 or over, with 21% of women reporting the symptoms and 16% of men.

Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together".

The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery. This is where The Depression Knowledge exchange is here to help. Our main purpose is to remind us that we are not alone and we can help each other, share thoughts, strategies and ways to both help ourselves and others affected. We are aiming to set up discussions, workshops and speakers throughout this year and will be updating this group regularly. We also want to support people who are caring for and helping with others who are suffering for mental illness. This often overlooked group are offered almost no support from our health care system. They are struggling to understand, help and support their friends and loved one with depression. We will be having separate workshops and events for partners of people with depression so that we can encourage open discussion and also education for free. Let's take back control and use knowledge as power.

What we want to do:

Support carers and partners of people living with depression

Offer a safe space for people to talk to others and if led to share their stories

Meetup for social events and open discussions

Offer workshops with experts on how to manage depression and anxiety and how to help others to manage

Offer talks that educate and inspire with thought leaders and academics so we can learn together

Offer free videos of the talks so that people outside of London also receive the benefits of the knowledge, Our YouTube channel is linked HERE (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKjDbzGPiW-m3v_gIMsou1w). Please bare with us as we are new and will slowly be adding our videos! Subscribe now to be notified when they go live.

End the stigma of depression and mental health conditions

Please note that by joining, you agree to our Group Rules (http://www.meetup.com/The-London-Support-and-Social-Group/pages/Group_Rules_and_Banning_Procedure/). You also agree to our Legal Disclaimer and Release of Liability (http://www.meetup.com/the-depression-knowledge-exchange/pages/Legal_Disclaimer_and_Release_of_Liability/). If you don't agree to these terms, please do not join this Meetup Group. Please share the love and not the hate. Thank you. Any questions or ideas, please do feel free to reach out.

If you feel you are in crisis, you might like to know about some options for help and support in addition to the free help available from SANE. http://www.sane.org.uk/home. There are many helplines out there this is only one option.

General crisis support:

Ring or text a friend or family member.

Ring SANEline, a specialist mental health helpline - 0300 304 7000 between 6pm and 11pm each evening.

You can ring Samaritans any time - 116 123 – they offer a listening service.

Ring NHS 111 by dialling 111.

Go to your local Accident and Emergency department if you are feeling suicidal or if you have self-harmed and are concerned about it.

Let's share knowledge and share love and find a way out together.

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