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WHY IS DEPRESSIONET IMPORTANT?

depressioNet is produced and supported by 'people like us' for 'people like us' people of all ages and from all walks of life who live with depression and related conditions.

The Team at depressioNet are not medical practitioners or counsellors. depressioNet does NOT provide counselling or medical advice in any way, shape or form. That is not our role. We are people from a variety of backgrounds who understand what it is to live with depression either personally or through having someone close with depression.

Why is depressioNet important?
depressioNet was established to fill a need that is not filled anywhere else. It exists to provide a 'safe' place for people living with depression to come for information, help and support 24 hours a day, without needing to leave their home, workplace etc. Too many people feel they have nowhere to go and noone to turn to who will really understand what they are going through. There is a Team member available at depressioNet via email 24 hours a day to ensure that you are never alone. Our messageboards and chat rooms ensure that people are able to connect with others anytime and have the ability to both receive understanding and support, and also to be able to give to others. The ability to help others is incredibly valuable in our own recovery.

The Team at depressioNet is here to help find the professional help, the support, the answers to questions, to point people in the right direction and to be here when they need anything particularly reassurance that they will be ok.

"depressioNet provides a sense of community and belonging. People with depression are able to have a voice and speak about the feelings and emotions that otherwise would remain unheard and in being unheard, depression threatens the lives of those who remain that way. These people spiral into a level of darkness that eventually leads to suicide."

The role of depressioNet is before, alongside and after treatment. depressioNet provides the support that health care providers just cannot provide 24 hours a day. It provides the information and understanding and 'connectedness' that can only be gained from people who understand through first hand experience.

It is through the ability to communicate with others that we find out what works best for us in our own quest to learn how to control the depression, rather than having it control us.

The vast majority of the questions asked are questions that cannot be asked or best answered by health care professionals...

  • Is this how I feel, how I am behaving, etc...
  • What is happening to me?
  • Why am I like this?
  • Does anyone else feel this way?
  • Does anyone else find that.. ?
  • Is this normal?
  • Where do I go?
  • What will they think?
  • What can I do to help myself?
  • What works for others?

People come to depressioNet to know they are not alone, to relate, for understanding and empathy, to receive and give support and encouragement, to be less alone on the journey to wellness. The depressioNet concept doesn't aim to replace professional help and treatment. It seeks to support and compliment these in a manner that is based on what we need rather than on what the government or health care professionals can provide within their boundaries.   We provide...

Information:
We aim to provide a truly comprehensive resource for information on all aspects of depression.

We have only just begun here.
There is so much more that can be done.

Help:
What help is available? How do I find help? Where can I go to get help? What do I say when I get there? What can I expect? What do I do if I don't think that my medical professional understands? depressioNet provides a current, comprehensive database of depression related resources for help and support on the website so that people living with depression can find real information about the people and services available without having to speak to anyone.

Support:
24 hour email support answering questions, finding resources, providing reassurance and a listening ear, 'being there'.

Ensuring that the chat rooms and messageboards are safe places to be. Having someone available 24 hours a day to speak with, to call if someone is in distress and needs help.

Helping us help each other
depressioNet needs to be independent and provided by people who care and whose number 1 priority is always the needs of the people living with depression. We need financial assistance to enable us to continue to provide 24 hour support for the thousands of people who use the site each week and have the resources available to secure our financial future by developing the income producing activities that are in line with the depressioNet philosophy and integrity.

depressioNet is now a deductible gift recipient charity so all donations are tax deductible. If you are able, and would like to contribute financially to helping depressioNet contribute and grow while remaining independent, visit our Donations page for information on how to make a donation to depressioNet.

Our deepest thanks to all the 'people like us' who contribute in so many ways so that depressioNet is here for all Australians living with depression.

Leanne Pethick
depressioNet Founder & Executive Director July 2002

Page Last Reviewed 07/09/03


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