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  1. Looking for a meeting in my area.
    Are there phone meetings?
    Are there people who could work the 12 steps with me.
    Thank you,

    • Hi
      Let us know where you are located plus your email address /or call our warm line at 502. 569.1989
      Thank you for your message

  2. Thee are no DA groups in this area–sorry to say. I think A community Mental Health Ctr in your area would have support programs for you daughter. Thank you for contacting us.

    • Hi David
      Thanks for the request. Tell us what city, country in which you live and we will let you know place, time and contact.

    • Hello Lida
      At the present time there are no DA groups in Montreal. At one time we knew of a group in Toronto. All we can do is to recommend that you use the Home Study Program of DA which includes the DA Manual and also the Workbook. Even though it is not face to face it is a great way to start taking care of yourself and the issues of depression. In time then you may get one other person to go through these self-help books with you and gradually have others join you. Until a group forms around you /or someone actually starts a group I know this is an excellent way to get started.
      All the best and please keep in touch. DA

    • Hi Shane
      Believe it or not–no, as far as we know there are no DA groups in this area–we always recommend that you can get a good start by going through the DA Workbook (questions that help you work through your own depression) and the DA Manual. These are the Home Study Program which will at least help you get started on issues surrounding your own depression. The questions in the Workbook help one begin to face what may have brought you down in the first place. Because the Manual has been written by those who have been depressed we feel its a great way to help oneself before a group gets moving.
      Hopefully, this gives you a reason to start on your own til a group can be formed.
      Thank you and we hope you this info helps until a face to face group can get formed in Sydney.

    • Hi Shane
      Presently, there are no DA groups in Sydney Hopefully you are someone may want top set them up. Please look at our website for more info on starting your own group in Australia. Or you can use the Home Study Program for your own personal use and guidance. Thank you for your interest. DA

    • Hi Mary
      At the present time there are NO meetings in the LA area as far as we know. I wish there were but someone has to want to start a group–and until that person or person s show up the LA is without our 12 step program of recovery.
      Since we 12 step we should be more available to a wider population. Hopefully, in time.
      Thank you for your interest. And all that you may need to start a group is at our website. Take a look and see if you and others would like to set up a group. All the best to you.

          • Hi Hugh,
            I received the books and material I ordered from you early last week. Thanks for the prompt delivery.
            I had my first D.A. Meeting yesterday! Only 3 people, but what a blessed day it was! Made new friends and shared experience, strengths and hopes! Looking forward to next Sunday!
            Thanks again and God Bless!

    • Sounds great. Thank you for the info. We will place them on the net group locations if someone could send me a list of time and places and contacts.
      We would like to know more about the meetings there in Culver.

    • Jordan
      At this time, sorry to say there are no groups in this area. Hopefully some day. Thank you for your interest.

    • Hello Erica
      As far as our records show, we do not have any Depressed Anonymous groups in Michigan–at least not at the present. Sorry. Thank you for inquiring about our program of recovery. Hopefully, someday we’ll have a group started there. All it takes is for one person to get it organized. Two people working together is even better sometimes.

  3. Hi im Tony n had been suffering from deppression since i was 17. I live in madison wisconsin. Do u have people in the area maybe also meetin

    I would like for someone to email me or call me if there areeetings in madison wisconsin

    Thanksgs i can go to ?

    • Hi Erin

      There are no groups at this time in MD. So sorry to tell you that. But there is a lot of material on line at our site here where you might find info that could be of help to you as it is to others.
      Please let us know how we might be of help to you in other ways.

  4. I live in MA but I don’t live anywhere near Shrewsbury or Marlboro where your support groups are. I was wondering if you were ever going to come to the south shore of MA? Maybe somewhere around in Plymouth County?

    • Hi Margaret
      At the present time, no plans are being made to establish a group in your location. Hopefully, someday, someone like yourself may want to start a group in your community. In the meantime, our group has a HOME STUDY program that many use till the day when they can usher in their own program.

    • Yes, our fellowship does Skype and we visit face to face with whole groups and one on one with DA fellowship.
      Currently doing Step study with member in Belarus. Also group study with group DA in Iran. SKYPE also has helped us contact group in Russia.
      I would be willing to do Step study with you or anyone interested in having a DA meeting online from your country.
      Peace be with you. Please contact us if you are interested. My email address is depanon@netpenny. Hugh S

    • Hi Jody
      I will get our tech to get your site on our drop down menu. I tried to get it up on group listings but was unable. It will be up as soon as I can talk to a person more knowledgeable.
      God bless your work

  5. looking for Depressed Anonymous meeting in the Herkimer/Utica NY area – any info available for something nearby?


    • Hi Greg
      Sorry, but as far as we know we have no listings of a group in or near this area. Maybe you could start you own group. Our website has info on how to get this done. We would help in any way that you would like–we could also refer you to those persons who have started groups and let you know the ins and outs.
      Hugh for the fellowship.
      And thank you for writing to us and again, we hope you push on for your self and for those with whom you may be able to help.

  6. I live in the UK, South Wales and would like to start aDA group in my town of Port Talbot How do I do this and where do I go for direction and literature. ANY tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  7. I would love info on meetings online? I don’t See meetings in or area, sw Missouri. Can you help me with info about starting meetings? Can you please call me 4175929514. I’d love to talk to someone about getting them around here. I believe my area could use it badly

    • Please call us at our number 502.553.3404. My name is Hugh and we would be happy to help you find ways to start a group in your area. To get you started you might want to read our ISSUE#! at our Newsletter archives @ wwww.depressedanon.com. Please check the menu to our website for more information on who we are and what we do.
      Peace and Hope.

    • Hello
      What you would need to start a group in UK is to go to our website at depressedanon.com and read each of the menu items and start there. I would recommend that you read ISSUE#1 at our Newsletter archives for more detailed information on how to start a group. You would also do your self a favor by reading the Depressed Anonymous Manual ,3rd edition plus using the DA Workbook, both are available at Depressed Anonymous Publications…and can be purchased online. These two books will be needed if someone wants to operate a well organized Depressed Anonymous meeting. If some one wants to have a sponsor and use our material in a study program with a sponsor you might contact us.
      I do hope that you can get started with a group–your people will be grateful they are finding help. Help is in the group. We call it the miracle of the group.

    • First of all thank you for your message today. To answer your question about a group in the 40241 area–there is none that we are aware of. I wish there could be a group but so far there is none. Hopefully, someday there might be a group in this area.

      Sincerely, Hugh
      PS There is a group located off Dixie Hwy in Louisville, which meets on Thursday nite. Please go to our website for groups in Kentucky and the address will be listed there with the time of meetings.

  8. Hello,
    I am looking for online meetings and a sponsor or buddy with whom to work the steps by phone or email. Would anybody like to do this with me?

    • Hello Elle
      Thank you for your interest in our mutual aid program of recovery, Depressed Anonymous. If you are thinking of an email program where you correspond with a sponsor via email then we might have something that you could find helpful.
      This past January 2018 we (Depressed Anonymous) sponsored a Home Study Program of recovery for those persons unable to either find a local meeting or just would like to work the Steps on their own. Presently we are sponsoring 4 individuals who are now engaged in the Home Study email program. (I see where you have downloaded the two books needed for this Home Study program). We are presently open to a few more applicants and if you would like to be part of this please let me know. My name is Dr. Hugh Smith and I have found the email process very beneficial to those involved and committed to using the Workbook in relationship with the DA Manual, 3rd edition.
      I am presently working with persons from Nebraska, USA., Tehran, Iran; Netherlands., Belarus, Russia.
      The email process is quite straightforward–a participant mails their responses to the Workbook and I respond with a return email. All is strictly confidential. There are no fees or dues. And if you would like to have friend(s) work with you that would be fine.
      For any more information please consider reviewing our website depressedanon.com or send us a note at depanon@netpenny.net. Please check out our HOME STUDY PROGRAM info that appears at our drop down menu.
      Because the 12 Steps have saved my life, December 7th, 1982, I then founded Depressed Anonymous in 1985. This desire to help those “still suffering from depression” has given me a personal passion to pass on my own experience and those many others who have used the Steps to free themselves from this life threatening illness.
      Hope to hear from you and to answer any and all questions which you might have about this program via email.
      Dr. Hugh Smith MS., DMin.

  9. I want to thank you Hugh. I have just come across your website and have found huge connection with the content. I have tried to use a couple of other 12 step programmes but they were never a true ‘fit’. I have lived with depression for more years than I like to admit ( I am over 70 now), and although I have sometimes managed to lessen the pain, it has never gone away. I didn’t realise until the age of 35 that it wasn’t normal to have suicidal thoughts, and I’m considered intelligent by most people. I live in Europe and there are no DA groups here, so I would be very interested in having access to an online meeting if someone starts one. In the meantime I await the arrival of the DA Manual and DA Workbook, and have started using the daily Thoughts for Down Days which I had downloaded to my iPad. Again thank you for this site which could be a true life saver to me.

    • Hello Patricia
      So happy that you have found some information that will be helpful to you and your daily living.
      I will be in touch with you later on this day. I look forward to visiting with you about some ideas that may be acceptable to you and for your own recovery. I have been at this for many years(I founded DA in 1985) and am always heartened by the response that we receive about our program from around the world. Our Manual has now been published in Russian, Farsi(Iran) and soon into Spanish and then Into Dutch.
      We all have so much to give to each other and that is the source of my own recovery as I continue to share with any and all who are suffering from depression.
      All the best to you. BTW, I am 78 years young and getting younger (haha).

    • Hi Patricia
      If you are interested in a Home Study Program using our Workbook and Manual please let me know. I haven ongoing sponsorship program for persons desirous of using the Home Study program of recovery. We correspond via eMAils and this works out well. No fees or dues. You will already have the material books which we use and if you would like to use this Home Study program please let me know.
      I would be happy to be at your service here if you would like to know more about this program.

      All the best

    • “I have tried to use a couple of other 12 step programmes but they were never a true ‘fit’. I have lived with depression for more years than I like to admit ”
      ***I am in the same boat. I tried to run this program as an Al-Anon member, as an Emotions Anonymous member, and then as a christian-sitting-in-the-pews-member (including Celebrate Recovery, which is basically the 12 steps from a christian perspective).

      I just realized this week that AA members have this interesting expression: They don’t ‘front’ sobriety. That expression comes from an addict going up to his dealer and saying, “hey, can you front me a couple of grams”.

      What I finally realized is that AA has been fronting ‘sobriety’ for those of us who have a different issue than Alcoholism by saying that you can work your particular issue in their program. But if that were true, there would never have been a Gamblers Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Marijuana Anonymous, Lovers and Sex Addicts Anonymous, etc. It’s easy to front someone else’s ‘sobriety’ because it costs THEM nothing.

  10. I’m looking for a meeting, I don’t think there are any in Denver, CO, or any of the surrounding cities in Colorado. I would love to be able to work the steps with someone.

    • Hello Anna
      Thank you for your comment and desire to work the Steps with someone. We offer a Home Study Program, where a person interested learning more about the Steps and using them for their own recovery can follow with a Depressed Anonymous Workbook and the Depressed Anonymous manual. 3rd edition. Presently we have three persons using this format. There is a woman 12 Step member in Holland; a woman in US and a group of DA members from a Depressed Anonymous meeting in Iran. All follow our standard approach utilizing communication with me via Emails. The Workbook and the DA Manual are coordinated. Each Step is discussed not only in the Manual but the Workbook questions and the user’s answers to the questions are important components for our personal recovery. My time with participants I consider to be much like the sponsor in the 12 Step fellowship groups. The only charge is for the lesson materials. You can go to the DA Publications Bookstore at our website for ordering procedures. You can order the books as eBooks and download onto your computer (most economical format); Order both as one unit (combo) from our website; or order directly from the Publisher at Amazon.com.
      My own personal recovery goes back to 1982 when I became part of a 12 Step fellowship. In 1985 I and a few Graduate students designed a program (pilot project) at the University where I was pursuing my Graduate degree. I knew the power of the 12 Steps and so I modeled a program for depression using the Steps. The program now is global.
      Please understand that if for whatever reason purchase of our material is not possible know that our Publisher (DAP) will work something out with me. Because there is no charge for my part in this program –sponsors don’t charge anything- (I have had the same sponsor for 15 years and he has never charged me a dime—he better not or I’d fire him.) There are no fees or dues–ever…at the meetings or in sponsorship.
      Just a concern that I want to mention to you Anna: that there is work involved in getting free of depression. The program will take time, a commitment and prayer. But you will find that by facing yourself and doing self reflection exercises, with DA Book and Workbook used faithfully, good things will happen for you.
      Please take a look at our website at http://www.depressedanon.com and examine the various menus on our home page. I have written more than 700 blogs and we publish Newsletters which is a good thing to look at if you want to be part of this journey.
      If you have questions, please write to me at depanon@netpenny.net and I will try to answer questions as best I can. Sometimes I use SKYPE for those who like f2f contact. Members in Russia, Iran, Malaysia, Ukraine and USA use SKYPE. As you probably know, the world is a very depressed place in which to live. Depression knows no boundaries, no race, culture or religion.
      So, if interested in our program, contact me here or email me at our address depanon@netpenny.net. Thank you for your interest.
      My name is Hugh S., MS., DMin. Hoping to hear back from you when you like.

  11. Hi Hugh
    Are you going to contact me and tell me how to start using the Home Study group? I would be interested in this as there seems to be nothing available here in the way of physical groups where I live.
    Thank you, Patricia

    • Hi Pat
      Yes, I am going to contact you. Please go to our website at depressedanon.com and click onto menu item which says Home Study Program. It is here that you will gain some more information on how to go about this process. Basically, what it is, is a collaboration between me and the participant in this valuable process.
      The participant, you, and my self, exchange emails with each other pertaining to your work with the Depressed Anonymous Workbook, coordinated with the DA manual.
      You begin this process by starting with Step #1 in Manual and then answering the questions in the Workbook that pertains to Step #1 and your own personal experiences with depression.
      The point here is that I am not correcting a student’s paper, but with your responses from the Workbook and I add my own personal experiences to yours and we both benefit from our continuing correspondence with each other.
      Right now I am working with two other persons who are engaged in this Home Study process(they have no groups where they live) –and one DA group in Iran who are Depressed members.
      Basically, I serve as a sponsor, with those persons who like to have some support in helping them through the tough times of depression.
      So, Pat this is basically the process. You can take your time and together we both can learn more about living and dealing with depression.
      Hoping to hear from you and how you would like to proceed. The process is confidential.

  12. Hello,
    I’ve suffered from depression most of my adult life and feel alone. It would be great to be in a group with others who have been there. Are there any meetings in San Diego or San Diego North County? Are there any meetings online?

    • Hi Tina
      Sorry to say, there are no groups in your area and there are no online groups. We do have a Home Study program where a member of DA helps a participant go through the Depressed Anonymous Manual and the Workbook online. This process is achieved by emails between the participant and the sponsor.
      It’s a meeting nevertheless between two people (albeit small). We do work with an Iranian DA group, as they go through the Steps. They have been in the process of translating the Workbook–they’ve finished translating the Manual. It’s an approach that works for those who want to try the Home Study process of using the Steps in their own lives. The process is accomplished with emails.
      You can read more about this program at our website depressedanon.com and then decide if this might be for you. The main books can be downloaded as Ebooks.
      Thank you for writing and I am sorry there are no groups near you. Hugh

  13. Cordial saludo. Les escribo desde la ciudad de Medellin, Colombia. Actualmente teneos el deseo de abrir un grupo de 12 pasos para la recuperación de la Depresión. Para Nosotros es de Vital importancia. Les solicitamos muy comedidamente nos puedan orientar para la apertura de un grupo en nuestra ciudad. Necesitamos Literatura y queremos saber por favor como obtenerla.

    Quedamos atentos a su pronta respuesta.

    Muchas Gracias

    Jorge Camero A.

    Best regard. I am writing from the city of Medellin, Colombia. Currently you have the desire to open a group of 12 steps for the recovery of the Depression. For us it is of vital importance. We ask you very kindly to guide us to open a group in our city. We need Literature and we want to know how to obtain it.

    We remain attentive to your prompt response.

    Thank you so much

    Jorge Camero A.

  14. Best regard. I am writing from the city of Medellin, Colombia. Currently you have the desire to open a group of 12 steps for the recovery of the Depression. For us it is of vital importance. We ask you very kindly to guide us to open a group in our city. We need Literature and we want to know how to obtain it.

    We remain attentive to your prompt response.

    Thank you so much

    Jorge Camero A.

    • Hello Barbara
      There is a Depressed Anonymous phone(SKYPE) International group which recently formedon on 11/4, 2018.The meeting time is 10:30 est Sundays. English is the spoken language.
      The email to participate at SKYPE is Depanon@hotmail.com. If you have any further questions please email me at Depanon@netpenny.net. I intend to write back to you with any information which you will need.

  15. Hello!
    My name is Marlene, from Portugal, depressed. I would like to start going to online meetings and work the program. However I’m not being able to find the online meetings schedules. I was wondering if you could help me out with this?

    Thank you,


    • Hello Marlene
      Thank you for your post. At the present we are trying to get something going where we could operate an online International Depressed Anonymous group. SP far, we are still in the talking stage. The group when it gets up and running will be based on other 12 step group which operate online and are international. These are the Al-Anon, AA, Codep groups plus others. The person in charge of trying to get this moving is in Netherlands and I will be contacting her this evening. I am in the US. So please be patient and til something happens, you can either enroll in our Home Study program of recovery plus reading past DA Newsletters and Blogs at our website http://www.depressedanon.com. ALl of which will give you some ideas for your own recovery and feelings of hope.
      I do thank you for your interest, and knowing that you are depressed presently, I do hope that you keep us informed of your needs and questions needed answering. My best thought for you is that there is hope.
      I do think Portugal might have others who might be experiencing depression and possibly you might gather some together, using our Manual and see the improvement that can happen when the steps are applied to one’s life and environment.
      All the best to you, and yours. Also, by reading some of the past issues of the DA Newsletter you can get a more full idea of who we are and what we do.
      Hugh S.

  16. Are there any meetings in the Los Angeles – Hollywood/West Hollywood/miracle mile area?

    I’m having trouble finding depressed anonymous groups that don’t require $100 per group…

    Thanks !

    • Hello Lili
      There are no groups of Depressed Anonymous in these areas as far as we know. I do know this: No Depressed Anonymous requires a fee for any of its services-(I’ve have been with this group for over 30 years. I founded it). We offer an online group Home study for those who wish to start studying the Steps on their own when there is no group in their area. These Home Study groups are sponsored by a member of Depressed Anonymous by means of communicating with emails. Presently we have five individuals being guided by a sponsor–Some who live in other countries. Again, our group which is based on the Spiritual Principles of the Twelve Steps of AA know how effective it’s use is to those who are suffering from depression. So, if you are interested in the Home Study please let us know. Twelve step support groups are free.
      Looking forward to hearing from you.
      Hugh depanon@netpenny.net.

  17. Hello folks:

    We will be starting a Depressed Anonymous meeting in San Jose, CA this Sunday at 7pm at the Alano Club East (1122 Fair Ave, San Jose, CA).

    We could use your support and encouragement. I’m not sure how anonyous we need to be here, so I’m not posting my phone number just yet.

    In God’s Love

    Kevin O

  18. Many of the above comments are asking about meetings. I too would like to attend a meeting in my area. Cypress Texas 77433. Near Houston. When you are so depressed taking a bath is a battle, it is almost too much to attempt help when what you are looking for isn’t there. Maybe it’s just me.

    • Hi Bonnie
      Thank you for your recent letter to us about Depressed Anonymous Groups in your area. The only DA group so far that we know is located in Texas is the DA group at The Colony in the Ft. Worth-Dallas area. Their mailing address is: The Colony, The Colony ER Center, 4780 ST HWY 121, The Colony, Texas, 75056. Their email address is dathecolony@yahoo.com. The contact there is Tom M. Please give them a message and hopefully they can find something that would be closer to you and would better meet your needs.
      We hope that more groups were available but maybe someday there will be. But we can only do so much. If someone wants to start a group we are there to help them as much as we can. I do hope that you keep in touch. Hugh S.

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