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.

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • Monday meeting
    Helen McKeith from Barnet and Southgate College will speak about courses available for those recovering from mental health conditions including Community Link and the Art of Work arts course. We are hoping that Helen will also be able to do a taster art exercise with the group.
  • Thursday meeting
    “Check in” meeting: shorter meeting where members share with each other how they are coping. An ideal meeting for newcomers to attend and meet other depression sufferers.

OCTOBER 2017

  • Monday meeting
    Remembering Ben – Ben was a regular attender at our group. He sadly took his own life last December. We are pleased to welcome Ben’s father Raymond, who will speak about Ben and his struggles to overcome the depression and anxiety which can accompany Asperger’s syndrome. This session will also give group members who knew Ben the opportunity to share memories of him and to pay tribute to him.
  • Thursday meeting
    “Check in” meeting: shorter meeting where members share with each other how they are coping. An ideal meeting for newcomers to attend and meet other depression sufferers.

NOVEMBER 2017

  • Monday meeting
    Barnet DA  12th AGM (and 20th year) – The business part of the meeting will take about 30 minutes and will give everyone a chance to give feedback on how they feel about the group and make suggestion for the future. This will be followed by refreshments and a group exercise designed to help us to get to know each other better. We are asking members to bring in an object which is important to them and to share a little about what it means to them with the group.
  • Thursday meeting
    “Check in” meeting: shorter meeting where members share with each other how they are coping. An ideal meeting for newcomers to attend and meet other depression sufferers.

DECEMBER 2017

  • Christmas social with live jazz saxophone music Your contributions of seasonal refreshments are welcome.  We will also have a check in where we will be focussing on how we feel about the festive season – both negative and positive!

Page updated 03/09/2017

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