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ABOUT DEPRESSIONET!

depressioNet is created by and for 'people like us' - people from a variety of backgrounds who live with depression. We are not health care professionals, so if you need professional help and/or support, visit our Help In Your Area section or email resources@depressionet.com.au and we will do our best to help you find professional help, support groups, etc in your area.

Recognising that depression is an illness unlike any other, we have created a service that addresses the unique issues facing people living with depression.

Our Purpose is: To empower people to make informed choices and find solutions to the challenges of living with depression.

Our Objectives
What We Provide
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Our Board of Directors
The depressioNet Team
Our Medical Advisory Team
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Our History

Contact Details
depressioNet
PO Box 2375
Richmond, 3121
Victoria
Australia

e-mail:
team@depressioNet.com.au

ABN: 65 100 862 477
ACN: 100 862 477



Our Objectives

  To provide one place where Australians living with depression and related conditions can come anonymously and find the most comprehensive, trustworthy, resource for all their information, help and support needs.

  To reduce the impact of depression on the lives of Australians by providing 24 hour peer care, understanding and support, access to professional help and accurate information .

  To fill the gap created by the stigma surrounding 'mental illness'. We form a bridge between people at home and work and the information help and support that exists but that can be so hard to find.

  To increase the understanding of depression, its causes, impacts, and options for effective treatment and management so people like us can make informed choices and hence significantly increase the proportion of Australian depression sufferers who seek help and treatment.

  To reduce the stigma surrounding depression by addressing the issues responsible for the stigma within the individual towards having depression.

  To communicate to all that You are not alone! and provide encouragement and support along the road to recovery.

What We Provide...
depressioNet provides a comprehensive, independent resource for information, help and 24 hour peer based support for people with depression, families and friends. We provide extensive information about depression, its impacts and treatments, access and a personal referral service to professional treatment and support, as well as the ability to communicate directly with others. Our interactive forums such as Message Board and Chat rooms allow people living with depression to share experiences and give and receive support and encouragement.
Our trained Online Care Team provide 24 hour peer-based care to ensure depressioNet is a safe and supportive online environment.

  One place for people to come which is the most comprehensive information source for depression and related subjects;
  An Australian Internet site that is user friendly, simple to navigate and contains no advertising;
  A private and secure place that can be accessed anonymously;
  The ability to communicate with people who can relate and understand how you feel (messageboard, chat room, email)
  Credible and reliable information - constantly reviewed and updated;
  Access to a broad range of related resources within Australia;
  Access to research on topics of interest;
  Relevant articles and news items of interest / help to sufferers and support networks;
  Inspiration and the opportunity to both contribute and read others' contributions;
  A support tool for relatives and friends;
  A 'safety net' for people who don't know where to turn or who have lost hope;
  Help in your area: health care professionals, private & public services, support groups, other relevant professionals and services.

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The Team...
The depressioNet Team (dNet Team) consists of four full time and 1 part time staff and a wonderful team of volunteers. From time to time we need people with experience in particular areas also join us to assist with specific projects.

With such a small team, we have an 'all hands on deck' approach. The depressioNet project has grown enormously since it first began and the help and support of volunteers is essential in keeping depressioNet alive and providing the depth and breadth of service and support that is needed.

To ensure that depressioNet is a safe place for all, it is essential that the messageboard is checked regularly around the clock, there is someone to help out in the chat room at all times and all the emails we receive are responded to and looked after promptly. All of the depressioNet team help out on the Visitor Care Team.

We would like to extend our very sincere thanks to the visitors who give their time to help and support depressioNet. We get help with technology advice, site maintenance, information, policy development, conferences, office administration, and so much more.

If you would like to contribute to depressioNet, visit our D-Day or dNetworking pages. If you are interested in becoming part of the depressioNet team, let us know at: team@depressionet.com.au or visit our Volunteer information page.


Our Medical Advisory Team (MAT)...
  Associate Professor Trevor Norman BSc, PhD
Trevor is a psychopharmacologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne at the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre. He has many years of research experience into the biology of depression and anxiety disorders and the effects of antidepressant drugs on the central nervous system. He has a particular interest in the mechanism of action and the use of antidepressant drugs in the treatment of depression.

Trevor reviews the information on antidepressant medication contained within depressioNet.com.au to ensure that the information we provide is accurate. He also provides advice and help on individual issues.

  Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Michael has worked in private practice as a family therapist, child psychologist and clinical psychologist and as an academic and researcher. He has held a variety of appointments including Executive Director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation, Director of the Centre for Social Health at the University of Melbourne and Director of Education at the Centre for Adolescent Health.

In addition to his clinical work, Michael runs his own consultancy, teaches part time as an Associate Professor in the faculty of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and is the Consultant Psychologist to the Australian Ballet School. In 1985, he founded the world's first national teenage cancer patients support group, CanTeen.

Michael has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Australian Jaycees Outstanding Young Australian of the Year (1987), and in 1989 was awarded the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation's Inaugural Award for the Most Outstanding Achievement in the area of international health promotion.

In 1997, he was made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in recognition of his work in the prevention of youth suicide. More recently he was appointed the Dr Ann D Clark Visiting Fellow at St Ignatius College Riverview in Sydney and is a member of the Board of Directors of CanTeen Australia. Michael has been providing advice and support to depressioNet since before the depressioNet.com.au site went live.

If you would like to know more about Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg and the work that he does, please visit his website at: http://www.michaelcarr-gregg.com.au

  Dr Lorraine Baker
Lorraine is a GP in private general practice. After 18 years of general practice in the one community she has come, like many family doctors, to appreciate the effects of people's life experiences on their moods and consequently on their feelings of wellbeing.

A large part of her work now involves counselling about situational crises and mood disorders.

Lorraine is the proud mother of three challenging adolescents and the proud daughter of parents, one of whom has severe Alzheimer's disease. She is delighted to support initiatives to help those in emotional distress.

  Dr Robyn Craven
Dr Robyn Craven MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, MFM, Grad Dip Clin Epid is Medical Director of the Freemasons' Women's Health Clinic, Senior Lecturer Monash Department of General Practice and a consultant in the Broadmeadows Osteoporosis Clinic associated with Royal Melbourne Hospital. She coordinates a distance education course in Women's Health and Menopause and the Monash Graduate Certificate in Women's Health for Australian and overseas doctors. She is the co-author of "The Other Fact of Life" Taking Control Of Menopause. Her research interests are related particularly to osteoporosis.

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Our History

  depressioNet commenced as a private philanthropic, not-for-profit service to provide a comprehensive information, help and 24-hour peer based support resource for Australians living with depression in June 2000. A new independent, non-profit organisation was incorporated in June 2002 and with an inaugural board, this organisation officially took control of, and responsibility for, the depressioNet.com.au Internet site and 24 hour service on the 1st July 2003.
More about our background

We hope you find depressioNet helpful and welcome any suggestions you have!

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Page Last Reviewed 13/01/06

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