Forthcoming meetings

This section is to give you some idea of what we will be covering in our forthcoming meetings. Our meetings are held twice a month on a Monday and Thursday evening.  In the past we have covered areas as diverse as art therapy, meditation for depression, nutrition and depression, alternative medicines and cognitive therapy. We have had some interesting and well known speakers too, including Dorothy Rowe and the late Times Agony Aunt Sally Brampton. We also hold regular creative evenings, book review evenings and hobbies evenings. There is always a time at the end of the Monday meetings for “check in” which is a time set aside for sharing in small groups. This is a time for us to share in confidence, how we are coping with depression and to support each other. At our  smaller Thursday meetings the entire time is devoted to “check in.”  Please contact us for details of dates and venue as the group is not a drop-in.

MAY 2019

  • Monday meeting
    Walking my way – welcoming Revd John Merrill, marathon walker and writer who will give a presentation on his extraordinary career as a marathon walker (he has walked over 225,000 miles in his lifetime to date) – and how walking has benefited him both physically, mentally and spiritually. John has written over 460 books on walking, including Walks in the London borough of Barnet.  There will be time for questions.

    Please note there will be no Thursday meeting this month due to the centre being closed for the European elections. We may hold an alternative social in a cafe — details will be sent out to members to confirm.

JUNE 2019

  • Monday meeting
    Depression in the news we are looking at some of the current developments in the treatment of depression and anxiety including a short film about the new ketamine treatment service for depression in Oxford.  If you have relevant items of interest from the news to share with the group please bring them in.
  • Thursday meeting
    “Check in” meeting:  smaller meeting where members share with each other how they are coping. An ideal meeting for newcomers.

JULY 2019

  • Monday meeting
    The benefits of volunteering – members will be sharing how voluntary work has helped them cope with depression and we will be sharing information we have compiled on local resources available to those who want to volunteer. Please come along and share your experiences of volunteering.
  • Late July social
    Summer walk over Totteridge fields with tea at Finchley Nurseries. This will be confirmed by email and by text. Please let us know if you are interested in case we need to change the date which will be dependent on weather.


  • Social:  annual “bring and share” supper from 7pm -10 pm.  The social is open to all who have been attending group meetings. We regret no newcomers.  Please let us know if you are coming. We ask everyone to contribute either a savoury or sweet dish and we will circulate a list in advance. If you don’t know what to bring, we can make suggestions. Drinks will be provided out of group funds. Details of the venue which is at a member’s home in New Barnet will be provided to those who sign up to come.

Page updated 05/05/2019