A NEW local group that provides a social network of support to depression sufferers, is gathering momentum with the backing of Newbury MP Richard Benyon, following its official launch.
Friends in Need (FiN) West Berkshire co-ordinator Ansa Khan, said the group, officially launched at the Corn Exchange, Newbury, aimed to support those living with depression in Newbury and Thatcham, and hoped to extend the area covered.
The network tackles the isolation of those struggling alone to cope with depression, bringing a feeling of wellbeing, while building up friends and contacts through social activities such as arts and crafts, photography and yoga, or coffee mornings.
“Anything that can get people out and engaging with other people,” said Ms Khan.
Newbury MP Richard Benyon, who was at the launch, said the “brilliance” of FiN was its simplicity, along with the support from fellow sufferers.
“The knowledge that there is someone out there who you can ring when you are having a bad day is something of real value for the thousands of depression sufferers in this area,” he said.
The group is allied to the national charity Depression Alliance, which aims to end the loneliness and isolation of depression sufferers.
For more information about the local group, contact FiN co-ordinator Ansa Khan, email Ansa@depressionalliance.org, or telephone 07908 265181.