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About Us

Depression Sanctuary has been through several incarnations over the past two decades. It originally began in 1998 as a depression chat room on The Mining Company, a site which was later rebranded as About.com. When About.com opted to no longer host chat rooms, the decision was made to create a non-profit organization called Depression Haven in order to continue the great work that was being done on About.com. Although Depression Haven eventually closed its doors, it was soon realized that a strong need for this type of safe, moderated chat room still existed and the idea for Depression Sanctuary was born.

Depression Sanctuary's chat rooms are moderated by staff members called hosts.  Hosts are volunteers who also suffer from depression who want to give back to the community by sharing what they have learned in their journeys of healing.

While we do not provide professional services, many of our hosts do hold qualifications in fields such as social work or nursing.  Several are also involved in other mental health non-profits like NAMI.


We can provide some of our services in other languages at your request. Take a look at the list below to check if we can support your language.

 Oplysninger på dansk
 Información en Español
 Opplysninger på norsk
 Information på svenska

Dear Members:

The earlier technical issues with the site have now been fixed. Unfortunately, if you registered on 3/28 or later, your registration information was lost when we repaired the site. You will need to re-register your account. We apologize for the inconvenience.