Survivors of Depression in Transitition

Peer support for women experiencing depression and other mental distress in Sheffield

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 supporting people with depression and related distress.

The Issues and Challenges

  • Depression affects 1 in 6 people in the UK, meaning over 6 million people nationwide are at present, experiencing depression.
  • Women are twice as likely as Men to suffer from depression.
  • Depression is sometimes hard to recognise so often goes untreated and there are a few support groups out there.

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:

  • The relief of sickness and preservation of health among women residing permanently or temporarily in Sheffield.
  • To protect the mental health of women sufferers of depression and related illness in Sheffield through support, education and practical advice.
  • To advance the education of the general public in all areas relating to depression and related illness.

What Drives Us

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.

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.

What We Do

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.

Why Women? Why Depression? Why SODIT? 

There are many barriers to accessing Mental Health Services for both men and women.
Women asked about their depression many expressed they are faced with extra barriers.

These include:

Domestic violence
Childcare issues
Sexual harassment
Eating disorders
Powerlessness
Feeling patronised
Sexuality and heterosexist assumptions