Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the group:
When do you meet?
The Swanscombe group meet on the third Tuesday of every month starting at 7:30.
The Greenhithe group meets on the first Tuesday of every month starting at 7.30,
Where do you meet?
The Swanscombe group currently meets in the St Peter & St Pauls Church Hall in Swanscombe, the Greenhithe group meets at St Marys Church Hall in Greenhithe (see where to find us page for address).
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for attending the group and refreshments are provided free of charge, as these are funded by donations.
Do I need to be a member?
You do not need to be a member but you may decide to become a member of Depression Alliance. For details please visit the webpage at Join Depression Alliance or talk to a facilitator when you attend a meeting.
I have Bipolar can I still come?
There have been several sufferers of Bipolar (previously called manic depression) who have attended meetings and found them useful. The group also has literature on Bipolar disorder that may help.
Can my carer come with me?
Attending a group on your own can be daunting so you are welcome to bring a supporter be it spouse/friend or family member. We would ask that the carer abide by the same group guidelines as everyone else with regards to confidentiality and non judgemental. There is literature available to carers that may be helpful to them, as well.
Do men attend the group? Or will I be the only one?
There are several guys who suffer from depression that regularly attend the group and find it a useful environment to discuss their problems without stigma.
How many people come to a group meeting?
The average number of people who attend a meeting at any one time is between 5 and 6, as people come and go depending on their illness (or the weather!).