[NOTE: the name of our Meetup has since been changed to Depression: Friends Supporting Each Other because people thought the original name was too negative. Of course it was negative! We're talking about depression. But I listened to the members and we voted on a new name. Whatever.]
It's shameful how few services there are for people with mental illness. There aren't many ongoing support group for people in Chicago with depression (besides The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, which is an excellent organization). So I started one.
Sometimes depression has a cause, such as divorce or job loss. Sometimes it doesn't: chronic depression just comes and goes for seemingly no reason at all. This support group is for anyone in Chicago who suffers from depression. If you have chronic depression like me, you might even feel great today, but you know the bleakness will be back.
For anyone in any of these categories, please join us. I'm no expert. I'm just a depressive woman who needs emotional support from people who know what depression feels like because they've gone through it.
We meet at the United Church of Rogers Park, where the pastors are generously letting us use their space. I'm grateful that Pastor Lindsey values mental health. Yay, Pastor Lindsey!
We meet every other week, at no cost. FREE. I'm hoping to eventually make it weekly, but we'll see. So, please pass this link to anyone in Chicago who suffers from depression. I want to spread the word far and wide! Send the link to everyone you know. Thanks.