Friends in Need

“I have never spoken openly about how things are inside for me, but by opening up on here I feel like a massive burden has been lifted.” Friends in Need takes away that worry that you don’t belong. Here you always do.”

Good friends who understand depression can be a life-line. Friends in Need is a free and supportive community for everyone affected by depression, so you don’t have to go through it alone. You can find new friends in your local area and online, so you’ll always have a safe and friendly space when you need it most.

And it’s not just about talking. Friends in Need is inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing, simple ideas we can all try in our everyday lives to help us feel good and function well. The Five Ways to Wellbeing are, Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, and Give. It means you’ll find fun and uplifting ways to get better, stay well and to help support others.

We work with CCGs and local authorities to build sustainable peer support networks within the local community to help combat the loneliness and isolation that often comes with depression. We currently have partnerships in Kensington and Chelsea, Croydon, Southwark, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead and West Berkshire. Read more about our wellbeing networks (opens in a new window).

Friends in Need is a community created and led by the leading UK charity Depression Alliance, alongside our partners.

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