Mind in exciting new merger

Depression Alliance’s ambition is to reach everyone affected by depression. As a small national charity, Depression Alliance decided it couldn’t achieve this alone. To continue its work Depression Alliance has merged with Mind.

Mind and Depression Alliance have a lot in common. We both want to:

  • support everyone with depression
  • give everyone with depression a voice to raise awareness and reduce stigma
  • bring people with experience of depression together to support each other

Coming together makes good business sense – together can we pool resources, meaning we can spend more time and money on supporting people with depression.

Together we’ll achieve our ambition of increasing the availability of high quality peer support, both digitally and face-to-face, by 2021.

About Depression Alliance

Depression Alliance has done an incredible job of supporting people with depression for almost 40 years. It has achieved this through its local services, self-help groups and online community, which are all rooted in peer support. Last year over 27,000 people accessed help for depression from Depression Alliance.

Friends in Need

Depression Alliance’s Friends in Need wellbeing network and online community give people a safe space to connect with other people with depression.

From today, seven local Minds will continue to deliver Depression Alliance’s Friends in Need wellbeing network:

Locally, Kensington and Chelsea Mind in partnership with Wandsworth and Westminster Mind will be working to deliver and develop Friends in Need.

Nationally, Mind will continue to run the Friends in Need online community.

Self-help groups

There are 60 Depression Alliance self-help groups operating across England - these are run by dedicated volunteers. The groups will continue as usual with support from national Mind and from local Minds in the same way independent groups across England and Wales are already supported to deliver high quality peer support through the Side by Side peer support programme.

You can find out more about these services at http://www.mind.org.uk/depressionalliance

Questions

If you have any questions about Depression Alliance or the merger, please email supportservices@mind.org.uk or call them on 020 8215 2243