Coronavirus (COVID-19)With regret, our physical meetings are suspended until further notice. While lockdown continues, we are hosting online Zoom meetings on Monday evenings at 7.00pm. We have also created a WhatsApp group and a Facebook Messenger group for you to keep in touch and share your concerns during this difficult time – please join our Facebook Support Group to gain access to these resources.

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Depression Xpression

While our physical meetings are suspended, we are hosting online Zoom support groups on Monday evenings at 7.00pm. These vary in format from informal chats to having speakers on mental-health-related issues or watching TED talks. Everyone is welcome and no booking is required. Please follow this page for updates, and join our Facebook Support Group to get details of how to join the Zoom meetings.

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Join us on Monday 23rd November at 7:00pm for our friendly peer support meeting on Zoom. We'll be watching a Ted talk: The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown. We'll follow this with an informal chat and discussion.

Everyone is welcome and no booking is required. Please visit our Facebook Support Group at www.facebook.com/groups/depressionxpression for details of how to join the Zoom meeting.
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How i wish we could get hold of this for use by Mental Health groups in our area,(when Covid restrictions allow) I can think of many occasions when access to greater mobility, would help to provide more choice for members that otherwise are restricted, either by their specific M/H condition or by finance. I guess I have to carry on dreaming.K. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us on Monday 9th November at 7:00pm for our friendly peer support meeting on Zoom. Jamila Damani will be talking about her personal experience of stammering. Everyone is welcome and no booking is required.

For Jamila Damani, stammering held her back in almost every area of life and limited her self-belief. At the age of 19, she joined the McGuire Programme which provide 4 day intensive speech courses and support groups run completely by people who stammer. Jamila has since organised a London McGuire course and was featured as one of the main coaches within the ITV documentary ‘School for Stammers’.

Jamila will talk about what stammering is, some of the myths, challenges and tools she has learned. She will also share some valuable lessons from her journey which converted her fears into courage.

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If you thought a summer lockdown was bad for people already struggling with mental health, a winter one may well be 10 times worse - with cold, dark nights and limited social contact, please keep a lookout for your family, friends and neighbours that are struggling.

The relapse and overdose rate has increased by 30% since March 2020. Mental health issues related to our lockdown and the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression.

Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Text: 85258

Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
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If you're finding things hard following this weekend's coronavirus lockdown announcement, you're not alone. We're here to provide reliable information and tips to help you cope during this time. > bit.ly/35S0aS2

Please be kind to yourselves 💙
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Join us on Monday 2nd November at 7.00pm for our friendly peer support meeting on Zoom. We're going to watch and discuss a Ted talk about the causes of depression and emerging solutions by Johann Hari.

The online event is free and everyone is welcome. No booking is required. Please visit our Facebook Support Group at www.facebook.com/groups/depressionxpression for details of how to join the Zoom meeting.
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Today is World Mental Health Day, and we're encouraging you to "Do one thing" that will make you feel better (something you've been putting off, maybe?). Then come and tell us about it at our online support meeting on Monday!

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2 months ago

Depression Xpression

It's World Mental Health Day on Saturday and if you do one thing, join us for an hour's walk around Dinton Pastures!

As a support group, we are exempt from the Rule of 6, however we are restricted to no more than 15 per walk, therefore please DM or email: mhm.reading@gmail.com to register. If you feel unwell or have any of the symptoms described here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ please do not attend. If you feel unwell or have any of these symptoms after one of our walks, please let us know immediately.

#walktalk #findyourwe #mentalhealth #Youarenotalone #WorldMentalHealthDay
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Anxious? Sad? Depressed? Isolated?

Don’t suffer alone, come along and make new friends who understand how you’re feeling. We have speakers and demonstrations on subjects surrounding depression and anxiety as well as group discussions and a chance to share with friendly, non-judgemental peers.

Our meetings are free and there is no need to book – you can just turn up. Don’t worry if you’re feeling shy – everyone is welcome and you can join in as much or as little as you wish.

 

Reading Community Lottery

You can help support Depression Xpression by playing Reading Community Lottery – for every £1.00 ticket purchased through our link below, we will receive 50p! It’s a great opportunity to support us while having a chance at winning a top prize of £25,000. There are lots of smaller prizes too – follow the link below to find out more.

https://www.readingcommunitylottery.co.uk/support/depression-xpression

Coronavirus resources

We have put together a list of useful links to help you cope with the coronavirus situation, social distancing and self-isolation. Please get in touch if you have any resources you’d like to share.

https://depressionxpression.org.uk/coronavirus-resources/