Family members of the depressed have their own group – Dep-Anon

“It’s compelling to have friends and a support group of like people who you can listen to and try to help. There is something very affirming and powerful and healing about that. It is the very reason that Depressed Anonymous works so well.”

Dep-Anon is a 12 step mutual aid program of recovery for families and friends of the depressed. In a short time, family members will gather in their groups and deal with the intense negative feelings about their loved ones. They will learn about what depression is and what it is not and how it affects the lives of their loved ones. It will also help them realize that they cannot fix the depressed family member, but they need to focus on themselves using the spiritual principles of the 12 steps.

The Dep-Anon manual, organized for those family groups, gathered together for support of each other, will find ample material to begin the work of spending time taking care of their own mental health needs. These gatherings of family groups will discover how their recovery will bring the depressed and themselves back into a healing relationship.


Copyright (C) Smith, Hugh. Dep-Anon, a 12-step recovery program for family and friends of the depressed. Depressed Anonymous Publications. (2021) Louisville, KY.

Copyright (c) Sanford, Debra. A Medley of Depression Stories. Self Published. 2017. p. 74.
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