Former Bradford City star Stan Collymore, who has spoken out over Twitter abuse, today told of his experience of depression as a new group to help suffers was announced.

Friends In Need is a new online and offline community designed to end the loneliness associated with depression, which allows people to speak to others who understand what they are going through.

The results of a study by the Depression Alliance shows that almost half of adults in Yorkshire and Humberside have experienced depression.

Collymore’s fundraising for the Depression Alliance provided the initial resources to create Friends in Need. For more information, visit