What is depression?

Depression is a "whole body" illness, involving your body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.


If you are experiencing severe or ‘clinical’ depression you are not just sad or upset. The experience of depression is an overwhelming feeling which can make you feel unable to cope and hopeless about the future.

Most people with depression will not have all the symptoms listed here, but most will have at least three or four.

  • Stress
  • Lack of energy, Social withdrawal
  • Lack of confidence, Loss of feeling
  • Poor motivation and concentration
  • Change in appetite, Low self-esteem
  • Lack of interest in the things you use to enjoy
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (low moods in autumn and winter)

The group offers an opportunity to talk to others who will understand, in a safe and nonjudgmental environment, with an opportunity to share experiences and coping strategies

"I find is so relaxed and easy going and everyone is happy and smiling. Any problems have there is always someone with advice.”

The group meets Thursday at Hanover Street, Hanover Street,  11:00 am until 1:00 pm.

If you are interested in any of our groups please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or call the office on 01204 527 200

MhIST Self Help Group Ground Rules The aim of the group is to provide support, discussion and sharing of experiences and information. It is intended to build self-esteem and help members take positive steps to recovery. The group is not intended to “fix it” for other people but as an arena for sharing what has helped others. In order that the group may be enjoyed by everyone and is of benefit to the group members, please be aware of the following rules. Download Ground Rules




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