Helping hand for depression sufferers


Emily Davies

AN INSPIRATIONAL woman is providing a helping hand for people battling depression after creating a new support group.
Kathleen Jones, pictured, established Inspiration Blue earlier this month following her own struggle with depression, and in particular Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
She hopes the free and confidential motivational support group, which meets every Monday morning in Oswestry town centre will benefit residents throughout the town and the surrounding areas.
Kathleen explained: “I have struggled with depression at certain intervals in my life. I almost always go down in February or March with Seasonal Affective Disorder, so I decided this year instead of waiting for it, I would be positive and proactive.”
She explained the group does not talk about depression, but instead aims to provide solutions to help with individuals, before breaking off into pairs where people can talk about themselves, receiving the full attention of another before they swap places.
The group’s first meeting at Betty’s Bazaar on English Walls saw a handful of people attending. But four weeks in it has quickly stretched beyond support for SAD.
“It extended into depression, so it’s already developed,” continued Kathleen, who has worked as a bereavement co-ordinator, “People felt like they were alone and they said it was great to have somewhere to come and talk about it and not get judged - I was absolutely thrilled with how it went.
“It has really evolved well and been a helpful experience for people - the commeraderie in the group is amazing.”
Kathleen said she was now looking to establish an evening support group meeting at Radio Cafe on Bailey Street if there is enough demand.
For more information about Inspiration Blue, which meets at Betty’s Bazaar on English Walls from 10.30am every Monday, email visit Facebook and search ‘Inspiration Blue’.

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