New peer support group for people with depression launched in Skipton

A new support group offering a lifeline to people struggling with mental health issues has been launched.

The PeerTalk, Facing Depression Together, peer support group session now operates every week in Skipton.

Organisers say the free and confidential meetings aim to give people battling depression a chance to share their experiences - and hear from others - in a safe, friendly and non-clinical setting.

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Led by trained volunteers, and backed by the national charity PeerTalk, the new sessions now offer support to anyone with mental health issues aged over 18.

Rosa Trelfa, director of operations at PeerTalk, said: "Research tells us that one in four people experience mental health difficulties in their lives.

"Depression is a very common condition. Any of us, irrespective of age, gender or background, can be affected at some point in our life and the isolation and suffering that comes with depression can be hard to bear as the stigma around it prevents people from seeking support.

"The strength of these peer support groups lies in the fact that the support offered comes from others who have a lived experience of depression, who understand, who will not judge, and who can offer help from their own experience."

Participants do not need to register in advance, or make an appointment, to attend the group.

The weekly sessions now take place at The Hub at Skipton Town Hall, in High Street, from 7.30pm until 9pm every Monday.

A similar group is held at The Folly, Settle, on Tuesdays at the same time.