We are a 100% led & Run by people with lived experience of mental health distress, a charitable organisation and we provide a holistic perspective in dealing with depression and related distress.
We are a support group for women who experience depression and mental health illness. The overall aims are set out in our charitable papers but the main ones are:
Survivors of Depression is all about giving women a chance to move on from their illness or period in life which has been very straining on family life and personal life. We have seen many women now who have managed to move on from the group towards a happy and fulfilling life. This is at the heart of what we do, and also what the government’s reform agenda in Health is all about.
Filling the gaps in statutory services is where SODIT comes into play, such as when people are left after therapy finishes or when they are discharged from hospital. One of the main problems is the waiting lists for mental health services which can be still up to 18 months for support.
We provide an Expert by Experience led group sessions with a friendly emphatic, safe environment.
We also facilitate one to one counselling with qualified professionals and students.
There are many barriers to accessing Mental Health Services for both men and women. These are outlined in ‘Action on Mental Health: Into the Mainstream’ (ODPM).
Women asked about their depression many expressed they are faced with extra barriers. These include:
Sexuality and heterosexist assumptions