How group membership can help combat depression

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Approximately one in five people experience depression at some stage in their life – and the figure is even higher in areas afflicted by disaster, trauma, or poverty. So it would be a lucky person indeed who avoids seeing depression in either themselves or the people they love.

But here is the bad news: over the last 30 years, existing treatments have not reduced the prevalence nor the disability caused by depression.

This suggests that we need new approaches to treatment that are low-cost, non-stigmatising, and that protect people across the lifespan (and not only during periods of acute symptoms). My colleagues and I set out to look for these new approaches.

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