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Mental health charities merge

Depression Alliance says existing work will continue as it merges with Mind

Mark Gould

Tuesday, 02 August 2016

The Depression Alliance has merged with mental health charity Mind it has been announced. Launched almost 40 years ago, the Depression Alliance has sought to bring people together to end the loneliness and isolation that can come with depression. The charity's stated aim is to reach everyone affected by depression. But due to its relatively small size it has decided that it cannot do this work alone and has announced its merger plans.

The charity says it will continue delivering its wellbeing network, its 60 self-help groups and its online community Friends in Need.

In a statement, it says the two charities have a lot in common. Both say they want to support everyone with depression, give people with depression a voice to raise awareness, and bring people with experience of depression together to support each other.

Mind Chief Executive Paul Farmer said: "I’m excited about Depression Alliance and Mind coming together. It creates a unique opportunity to increase the availability of high quality peer support for everyone with depression by 2021. I’m looking forward to working with our new colleagues to make this happen."

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