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Are you feeling depressed and need to speak with someone who understands just what it is that you are going through?  Welcome to the our depression chat rooms. 

Depression Sanctuary is a non-profit organization operated by the About.com Depression Expert, Nancy Schimelpfening. 

Depression Sanctuary had its beginning in 1998 when About.com (then called The Mining Co.) opened its first chat rooms and forums and Nancy realized that it was a perfect opportunity to provide a safe, moderated platform for people with depression to seek support from other like-minded people.

When About.com made the decision to close its chat rooms, Nancy formed a non-profit organization called Depression Haven and relocated the thriving support group that had formed at About.com to its own website.  Although Depression Haven eventually closed, Nancy and some of the hosts from the old Depression Haven chat rooms soon realized that a strong need for safe, moderated depression chat rooms still existed and a new non-profit organzation, Depression Sanctuary, was incorporated in 2015.

Membership is required to participate in the Depression Sanctuary chat rooms, but it's completely free to join. If you are not yet a member, please proceed to the Member Center to sign up. If you are already a member of our depression support group, click the link below.

Please be aware that in order to keep our support group a safe and comfortable place for all members, we do ask that you follow certain rules while in our chat rooms.

  These rules can be found here.

Before heading over to the chat rooms, please also be aware that Depression Sanctuary is staffed by volunteers who are people just like you who also suffer from depression.  Please be kind and treat them with the same respect and care that you'd want for yourself.

If you are feeling suicidal and in danger of hurting yourself, we would like to suggest that rather than going to the chat room, you seek assistance from your doctor or therapist, a suicide hotline (in the United States: 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255) or 911 or other local emergency number.

  We care very much about your welfare and want to see you get the help that we as untrained volunteers are not able to give you.

If you'd like to learn more about how to get help for your depression, you are invited to remain on this site and look around.  We provide some of the best information around about all aspects of this illness, including what causes it, how to recognize its symptoms and how it's treated.

Not sure If you really have clinical depression? Why not take our free depression screening?

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