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Friends Set Up Group
Two Wishaw men who suffer from depression are setting up a group to help young men overcome the stigma surrounding the illness.
Derek Brown and David Finnie are hoping to set up a group for men aged 18-35 to help them socialise and meet new people. Derek, 28, and David are looking to organise the group to meet up once a week or twice a month to play a game of football, go to the cinema or just meet in a local cafe to chat.
The aim of the group is to allow men facing depression to know they are not alone and it’s not always tough times.
Derek, a personal trainer, said: “I found out in 2011 I was suffering from depression and since then I have been working on it day-by-day.
“I went to see a life coach at Hidden Depths and now I am training to become one myself.
“But it wasn’t until I was talking to David who was just recently diagnosed that we came up with the idea of helping others in the area.
“We’ve heard from other guys from 18 to 35 who suffer from depression and who would be interested in joining.
“We are opening the group to anyone from Glasgow and surrounding areas.”
Derek believes it can be difficult for men to open up and talk about how they are feeling with their friends and family in the same way women do.
But he is hoping the group will become a good place for people to just have a good time and enjoy being out with others.
He added: “Sometimes guys think they have to put on a macho appearance and not discuss if they are feeling anxious or depressed.
“But I know if a group like this was around when I was first diagnosed it would have helped me to stop over-thinking and sitting alone.
“I was always the joker in my group, I locked away the fact I would sit at home after nights out and get anxious.
“When I eventually told people I had depression they were shocked as I was always the one who would joke around and have a laugh.”
So far Derek and David have had great feedback and messages of support from businesses offering to host different events for them.
If you would like to find out more about the group email Derek at firstname.lastname@example.org