Support for depression and anxiety

Support for depression and anxiety

Read our advice about Support for depression and anxietyA lot of support for depression and anxiety is available when you lose a loved one, or when a loved one is seriously hurt.

It is natural for you to have some kind of reaction to the fear, shock and loss you have experienced. Equally, it can be a natural reaction to shut yourself away and suffer alone. Try not to give into this, as getting support for depression and anxiety can speed up your recovery a lot. It will not help you to recover.

Try not to give into isolating yourself. You may be extremely stoic, and feel that you are dealing with day to day life, but it takes time to get back to enjoying your life, and you may need help with recovering the ability to feel pleasure again in your daily life.

Reach out, speak to us, and contact any of the following agencies who offer support.

Bereavement agenciesto go to our separate page for support after death please click here

Local support groups for depression, you can contact the following:

  • The Depression Alliance- Self-help groups can be a fun and uplifting way to make new friends and to share support and ideas through illness and recovery,” says Laura Sacha, communications co-ordinator for Depression Alliance. “People in these groups support one another, which can help your self-confidence.”

  • MIND –supports over 370,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include talking therapies, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.

Online forums

There are online forums where you can read about other people’s experiences, write about your own, and respond to other postings. Visit the Depression Alliance or Sane websites.

Penfriend Scheme

Online forums are not for everyone.

Depression UK has a penfriend scheme for members. This is especially useful for people who don’t have internet access or who prefer letters and postcards to email.

Here are some quick links to explore some other helpful pages: