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Resources and organisations

Organisations, support groups, books, leaflets and CDs to help you cope with depression.

Depression support and information organisations

Offers information and support to people with depression and their families and friends. The Alliance has a network of regional self help groups, mutual support schemes and a quarterly newsletter. It also offers information packs and leaflets.

Phone: 0800 123 23 20

Mind works throughout England and Wales to help people with experience of mental distress. It offers information on all aspects of mental health to affected people and their families.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

A mental health charity providing a national telephone helpline for people coping with mental health issues, and their relatives and friends. It can give information about local care services for people with depression. SANE also has a support forum and an email support service (SANEmail) to give emotional and crisis support.

Phone: 0845 767 8000 (6pm to 11pm every day)

The Samaritans offer 24 hour, confidential, non judgemental emotional support. People who are stressed, in despair, or who have depression are welcome to contact them. They have local branches throughout the UK.

Phone: 08457 909090

General books about depression

This book is a concise and easy to understand way of learning about depression. It explains what depression is, the different types, helping yourself, treatment, medication, physical treatment, what to expect from your GP, women and depression, grief, and how family and friends can help.

Kwame McKenzie
Family Doctor Publications (in association with the British Medical Association), 2009
ISBN 978-1898205722

An American book with tips and techniques to help people recovering from cancer to recognise and overcome problems with depression and anxiety. The key to success is to keep focusing on engaging in enjoyable behaviours without getting bogged down by pain, frustration, and worry.

Derek R. Hopko and Carl W. Lejuez
New Harbinger Publications, 2008
ISBN 978 157224504-4

This practical and easily accessible book explains depression, outlines the common and not so common signs, looks briefly at some of the theories that have been put forward to explain it, and gives tools to help deal with it. The book also covers important issues for partners and families who live with a depressed person.

Tony Bates
Newleaf publishers, 1999
ISBN 978 0717128600

A guide for people suffering with depression. It explores the wide range of approaches to treatment available today, giving information about each one and looking at the information available to suggest that they work. The book summarises current thinking on the causes of depression and provides suggestions for self help. There are personal accounts of living with and overcoming depression as well as further resources.

Nancy Hine
Red Raft Publishing LLP, 2008
ISBN 978 0955782015

Leaflets, booklets and CDs about depression

Aware is an Irish voluntary organisation providing support for people with depression.
For more information email:

  • Helping you Understand Anxiety, Stress and Depression
  • Depression in Later Life
  • Staying Well, Building Resilience
  • Anxiety Fact Sheet
  • Depression: Keeping Hope Alive – A Guide for Family and Friends
  • Learning to Cope with Depression (Depression Fact Sheet)
  • Supporting a Loved One through Depression (Fact Sheet)

MIND is an organisation that supports people with mental illness. 

  • Understanding Depression
  • How to Manage Stress
  • How to Cope with Suicidal Feelings
  • Making Sense of Talking Treatments

Or order booklets:
Phone: 0845 766 0163
Write to: Mind
PO Box 277
Manchester, M60 3XN

The Royal College of Psychiatrists have several helpful leaflets, including:

  • Depression
  • Depression in Older Adults
  • Men and Depression
  • Physical Illness and Mental Health

Or order booklets:
Phone: 0207 235 2351
Write to: Royal College of Psychiatrists
Leaflets department
17 Belgrave Square
London, SW1 8PG

Leaflet available from Macmillan Cancer Support

How are You Feeling? The Emotional Effects of Cancer (includes a section on depression)

Audio CD: How are you feeling? The emotional effects of cancer

Britain’s leading cancer information charities, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support, are working in partnership to provide a range of audio CDs, based on Macmillan Cancer Support's existing booklets. 

Books and leaflets for family, friends and carers

Second edition.
A practical, down to earth and personal book about coping with a partner who gradually slid into depression and, eventually, came out of it again. Case studies are used throughout the book and it gives a mass of practical advice to help people living with a partner with depression.

Caroline Carr
White Ladder Press Ltd, 2009
ISBN 13 9781905410613

Deborah Hutton
Short Books Ltd, 2010 (second edition)
ISBN 1 906 021566

Deborah Hutton wrote this from her own experience of cancer. She gives examples of ways in which family and friends can help including practical advice and ideas of what to say. It includes contributions from celebrities. 

Cancer Research UK information and support

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We are the European leader in the development of new anti-cancer drugs. We fund research on all aspects of the disease from its causes, to treatment and prevention, education and psychological support for patients.

We are also committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. We do this through the About Cancer pages on our website, our news and resources, and our range of health awareness leaflets.

Cancer Chat is our free online discussion forum for people affected by cancer. It is a safe space to talk to other people in similar situations, and find information and support.

If you have a question about cancer, you can contact our team of specialist cancer information nurses. Call free on 0808 800 4040, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. To talk in your preferred language, ask for our interpreting service. Or you can send us a question online.

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