Support for women experiencing depression and other mental distress in Sheffield

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What We Are: 

We are a small non-profit charitable organisation (charity no: 1109165) that provides a holistic perspective in dealing with depression & mental health distress. We provide support for individuals who identify as women who have/had depression or related mental health distress. Our aim is to help women move on from their illness, which may have been straining on personal and family life, to a happier, more fulfilling life. This often means that the part we play in people’s journeys is in the gaps in statuory services, such as following therapy or  hospital discharge and before starting mental health services due to long waiting lists. 

Depression affects 1 in 6 people in the UK, meaning over 6 million people nationwide are currently experiencing depression. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. We focus on women because many women have expressed that they face extra barriers to accessing Mental Health Services such as domestic violence; childcare issues; sexual harassment; abuse; powerlessness; feeling patronised; sexuality; gender; and misogyny.

We provide friendly and empathetic group sessions in a private, safe environment. These are peer led – ‘expert by experience’. We also facilitate one-to-one counselling with qualified counselling professionals and students. Our service is free, confidential & regular contact is maintained & available throughout the year. Our facilities are situated on major public transport routes & are appropriate for individuals with physical disabilities. We take these steps for the safety of all parties.

Our principles: 

  • Encouragement
  • Safety and Trust 
  • Being yourself 
  • Hopefulness 
  • Mutuality 
  • Solidarity 
  • Reducing stigma 
  • Person-centred goals 
  • Equality and empowerment 
  • Independence and self empowerment
  • Strength and potential 
  • Moving on 
  • Companionship 
  • Choice 
  • Building confidence

What We Are Not: 

  • We do not make home visits. 
  • We appreciate individuals’ distress but have zero tolerance of violence towards members of staff & other group members. We are also unabel to deal with high, acite depressive symptoms and may signpost you to more suitable local resources if suitable. 
  • We are unable to make medical referrals – these must come from general practitioners. Similarly we are not able to prescribe medication. 
  • The peer group is not a counselling group, however we are able to provide a 1:1 counsellour on request.
  • We are not available 24 hours a day. We  endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. 
  • Occasionally, the peer group size reaches it capacity and it becomes inappoproriat to take on new members. In this situation, you would be added to a waiting list and contacted when spaces become available.
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