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depressioNet Announces New Era and Role for Founder
depressioNet Seeks New CEO to Lead Groundbreaking Not-for-Profit Organisation
18th January 2006
MEDIA RELEASE
Media Release prepared by the Team at Imago on behalf of depressioNet
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MELBOURNE - Online interactive website and 24-hour service depressioNet.com.au announced the search for a new CEO, after accepting the resignation of Founder and CEO Leanne Pethick.

Pethick developed the unique depressioNet model of online information, help and peer support for people living with depression, providing an effective benchmarked service and resource in assisting recovery.

Announcing her resignation as CEO to the full board of depressioNet last week, Pethick said, “depressioNet is now an established organisation and it is time for a new CEO to head the organisation through the next stage of its exciting journey.”

Pethick will retain her role as founder and board member, while overseeing a four-month transition period. “I remain committed as ever to depressioNet and will continue to contribute to its ongoing development, particularly in the area of peer support service delivery.”

Chairperson Sarah Cornally publicly announced Pethick’s resignation today.

“It is with deep respect and admiration that we accept Leanne’s resignation. depressioNet has a very bright and exciting future,” says Cornally.

“Leanne has nurtured, grown and fought for depressioNet’s survival year after year, through extraordinary pressure and enormous hurdles. Her accomplishments have resulted in depressioNet’s rapid growth. The organisation’s reputation for peer-to-peer support and referral is widely lauded on a national and international stage. The board and depressioNet are grateful for Leanne’s dedication, passion and commitment, which represent a remarkable personal and professional achievement.

“depressioNet’s future is one that involves significant growth and business development to ensure the demand and service growth predictions are met with benchmarked delivery. These challenges, together with the immediate security of depressioNet’s core service funding position, will be the key objectives for the new CEO and expanded permanent staff.

“The board welcomes Leanne’s continued involvement as Founder, advisor and board member to ensure continuity and maintained strength with depressioNet’s service delivery, networks, partners, loyal supporters and dNetters.”

ABOUT: depressioNet empowers people to make informed choices and find solutions to the challenges of living with depression.

Since June 2000, depressioNet.com.au has provided a comprehensive, independent resource for information, help and 24 hour peer based support for more than a million people with depression, their families and friends. depressioNet provides extensive information about depression, it’s impacts and treatments, access and a personal referral service to professional treatment and support, as well as the ability to communicate directly with others 24 hours a day. depressioNet’s trained Online Care Team provide 24 hour peer-based care to ensure depressioNet is a safe and supportive online environment. depressioNet is supported by healthcare professionals and funded through a variety of partners, grants, donations from the community, federal government financial assistance and healthcare service registration fees.

While financial support has been secured from the Department of Health & Ageing to progress a number of projects supporting quality and service delivery improvements, the need to secure financial support for the ongoing day-to-day operations continues.
The current growth rate of depressioNet is 20 percent each year

Attention Editors and Producers: Sarah Cornally, Chairperson of depressioNet and Leanne Pethick, CEO are available for interview and comment.

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