About Friends in Need
Good friends who understand depression can be a life-line. Friends in Need is a free and supportive community set up by Depression Alliance and now run by Kensington and Chelsea Mind, for everyone affected by depression, so you don’t have to go through it alone. You can find new friends in your local area and online, so you’ll always have a safe and friendly space when you need it most.
Look out for our ‘West London Group‘ when you join to see all of our weekly meet-ups, including coffee club, museum trips, walks and much more! And it’s not just about talking. Friends in Need is inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing, simple ideas we can all try in our everyday lives to help us feel good and function well (read more below).
Friends in Need is open to over 16s who live, or are registered with a GP in Kensington and Chelsea, Queen’s Park or Paddington.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
In the depths of depression it’s unlikely we’ll feel well enough to manage all these, but when we’re feeling stronger they can help us stay well and to live life to the fullest. Boosting our wellbeing isn’t just important for our own health; our workplaces, communities, friends and family will benefit from small changes we can all make for a healthier lifestyle. Learn more about the evidence behind the Five Ways by clicking here.
Take time to… Connect
Spend some time developing relationships with the people around you such as family and friends. New relationships can be forged through joining Friends in Need.
Take time to… Give
Whether it be a small act such as a smile, or something larger such as volunteering for a charity or organisation nearby, helping others allows us to form new relationships and has a positive impact on our mental wellbeing.
Take time to… Be Active
What you do with your body can have a great influence on your mental wellbeing. Find an activity you enjoy and fit it into your daily life, for example cycling, jogging or even walking.
Take time to… Take Notice
Paying more attention to the world around you (such as stopping to notice what’s happening, or being more mindful of your own thoughts and feelings), can improve your mental wellbeing by helping you to enjoy life more and understand yourself better.