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 2017

  • Monday meeting
    Peer Support and the Head Room Café –  Daniel Neis is a Peer Support Worker at the recently opened Head Room Cafe. Head Room Café is a social enterprise which was started by the mental health charity Jami. The cafe aims to bring mental health awareness and support to the high street. Daniel will talk about his own experience of depression, his passion for Intentional Peer Support and share information about Jami and Head Room Cafe services which our group members can access. For more information: http://www.intentionalpeersupport.org/ ; http://headroomcafe.org/ ; http://www.jamiuk.org/
  • 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.

JUNE 2017

  • Monday meeting
    Personal experiences of depression and recovery –  three members will share their experience of depression 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.

JULY 2017

  • Monday meeting
    Alternative therapies for mental health – Geraldine Gower from The Disability Foundation will speak about the role alternative therapies can play in supporting people’s recovery, the range of therapies on offer and how to access them. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.
  • 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.

AUGUST 2017

  • Social – Summer Walk across Totteridge fields followed by refreshments at the Orange Tree Pub. Please let us know nearer the time if you are coming so we can advise if the walk has to be postponed due to poor weather.
  • Social – Annual “bring and share” Supper from 7pm — 10 pm.  The social is open to group members only. We regret no newcomers.  We ask everyone to contribute either a savoury or sweet dish and we will circulate a list in advance. 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 06/05/2017