As well as medication and individual therapy, people with depression may benefit from social interventions. Such interventions may be enough for those with mild depression, but people experiencing moderate or severe depression may need a more intensive approach including medication and therapy.
Support groups can teach new skills, encourage healthy activities, and provide social support. There is scientific evidence that group physical activity programmes can be helpful in reducing mild depression. Also, group-based peer support, CBT programmes, or psychoeducation courses can be very helpful. Voluntary groups focussing on depression often offer these at low cost.
More general courses offered in the community (such as “Personal development”, “Stress Management” or “Life Skills” courses) may provide new skills and social support. You can find information about depression support groups in the “Get help” section or by asking your GP about relevant services in your area.