Who we are
The Living with Depression Community of Interest in Nottinghamshire is a group of people with experience of depression who want to instil hope and promote recovery for anyone experiencing episodes of chronic and recurrent depression.
We are a voluntary campaigning group, rather than a support or self help group, but members do gain valuable support and confidence from meeting with others.
Our aims are:
- To raise awareness. At any one time, up to 40,000 people living in the City of Nottingham have depression or anxiety.
- To inform the general public and health practitioners of the most up to date, cost effective, evidence based treatments and signpost to other sources of support.
- To lobby for and ensure commissioning of appropriate services (as recommended by NICE guidelines).
- To empower people with depression and those who care about them to be actively involved in the development of specialist services.
- To express individual experiences of living with depression, and to come together to reduce isolation and share our resilience by promoting a community voice for people living with depression.
We are asking you to get involved:
- Like our Facebook page.
- Sign up to receive email updates from us. You can do this using the form below.
- Share your experiences of living with depression (see our guidance on how and where).
- Attend Community of Interest meetings and get involved as little or as much as you choose.
- Join us and publicise our awareness events. View the calendar here.
- Contact us with your questions and ideas. You can do this using the form below.
The group was originally founded in 2010 in the first wave of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s Communities of Interest initiative. A Community of Interest is defined as a group of people with a shared interest, understanding or passion who want to work together to shape or improve services. We have now moved into independent status, but continue to have links with the Trust’s Involvement Team.