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Welcome to depressioNet!
A very warm depressioNet welcome to all who are new to depressioNet in the last month. Our newsletter is designed to keep you posted on what is happening at depressioNet and let you know about some of the research, events, etc that are happening around Australia that may be of interest and or help. Remember that there is a 'Team behind the screens' at depressioNet who are here to help you in anyway we can.

This month we have lots of
depressioNet News!

Messageboard & Chat
Thanks to the dedication and support of a wonderful team of volunteers headed by Keith, the depressioNet Chat has been up and running again for nearly two months. The reopening was a smooth and successful process and it is great to see the old "faces" and welcome the many newcomers.
Good News! The messageboard will be up and running again before Christmas!

AND… it will be a new, improved messageboard and chat. As many know, it has been a major challenge to get a chat and messageboard built that meet our very particular needs – and without the 'gremlins'!
Enormous thanks to Michael and Steve at Hyperdrive who have worked long and hard to build the new dNet messageboard and chat forums. Many IT companies have fallen by the wayside having attempted to build to our requirements. Not only has Michael and his team successfully tackled the challenge, but they have done it at no cost to us!!!! This has been an enormous task for them, and there is no way we could have afforded the work they have done. Our deepest thanks for your very generous support! You can learn more about Hyperdrive at http://www.depressionet.com.au/partners/hyper_drive.html

New depressioNet Supporters!
depressioNet would not have been able to continue and grow without the help of a number of companies who provide the much needed financial support. Introducing depressioNet's new supporters…

The APS (Australian Psychological Society) are our new 'Waratah Supporters'. The APS have been supportive of depressioNet since our early days, and we use the APS Referral Database as our first port of call when looking for good psychologists for people where we don't have anyone in a particular area. APS psychologists not only have to be registered with the relevant state Boards, they also need meet the APS standards in terms of qualifications and training and follow the APS Code of Ethics. You can learn more about the APS on depressioNet at http://www.depressionet.com.au/partners/aps.html or visit the APS website at: http://www.psychsociety.com.au

Our thanks to The Myer Foundation ( http://www.myerfoundation.org.au ) for their generous support of the planned new depressioNet Online Visitor Care Center (OVCC). With the help of The Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria), we have recently had our application for a grant from The Myer Foundation approved. This grant will help us to establish a formal OVCC that will provide the 24 hour visitor care support services for Australians living with depression and related conditions. Lions Club of Frankston, Hyperdrive and National Lifeline are also providing help and support with this project.

In line with the independent nature of depressioNet our supporters represent a broad range of industries. These include representatives from the pharmaceutical, psychological and natural health care industries. The financial support of our Major 'Wattle' Supporters Wyeth and Making Changes, and our 'Waratah' Supporters Eli Lily and Herron, as well as other organisations and 'people like us' who contribute financially, is vital to maintain and grow depressioNet. We are keen to acknowledge our appreciation and encourage you to visit our supporters page at: http://www.depressionet.com.au/partners/partners.html.

The Online Visitor Care Center
The cost of providing 24 hour visitor care has been our biggest challenge this year and the new OVCC will not only help us to provide this care in a professional (still warm and friendly :) manner, but together with the learning and experience of the team at depressioNet, it will also enable depressioNet to help other mental health organisations provide messageboard and chat services. It is hoped that the OVCC will be up and running by March. If you would like more information on this and / or how we are able to help other organisations, write to us at team@depressioNet.com.au

Becoming a 'Not for profit' Organisation
While depressioNet always has been, and always will be 'charitable' in nature, thanks to the generosity of the legal firm Freehills (http://www.freehills.com.au) work is now under way to create a new 'Not for Profit' company, depressioNet, which will be completed early in the New Year. This is an important step in securing the future of depressioNet. Again, our deepest thanks to Freehills for their generous support!

And back to our
Regular Items!

Research – Help them to help us!
The more that is understood about depression and related conditions, the better for us all!

The Gender Order and Mental Health In Young Australians
Nicole Shepherd from the University of Queensland is conducting this study and needs people aged 18 to 24 years old to take part in an interview. If you live outside Brisbane, you can still participate!

5 Research Projects Currently Being Conducted Into Bipolar Disorder
The Mood Disorders Unit at The Prince of Wales Hospital, N.S.W is currently conducting 5 different research studies into Bipolar Disorder

Transcranial Magnetic Research (TMS) A New Treatment for Depression
The Mood Disorders Unit (MDU) at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney is offering TMS as an experimental treatment for depression. To participate you will need to be able to visit the MDU in Sydney.

Language problems, schizophrenia and mood disorders
Dr. Susan Rossell is conducting this study from Maquarie University and needs people who live in the Sydney region and who have schizophrenia or a mood disorder.

Mood Disorders and Intimate Relationships
This study aims to gain further understanding about the complex nature of the intimate relationships of people with a mood disorder and to identify how mental health workers can better assist couples.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health
This conference to be held in June 2002, brings together mental health and educational experts, consumers and careers from various disciplines and from around the world to discuss and evaluate the current status and exciting new developments in child and adolescent mental health.

The APS Victorian Branch Conference
The next conference of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Psychological Society will be held in central Ballarat. The broad focus of this theme aims to attract participation by a wide diversity of psychologists, health and social work professionals.

Stress & Anxiety Research Society Conference http://www.depressionet.com.au/conferences/star.html
It is with pleasure that we announce that the 23rd STAR Conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia. This is the first time that STAR has been held outside Europe and it is an exciting opportunity for national and international scholars to meet and exchange ideas.

What's On http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson.html
We have included some of the many Seminars & Workshops that may be of interest that are being held throughout Australia and New Zealand below. Please let us know of anything relevant in your area!

ASIST Workshop for Caregivers http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/nat_asist.html
The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop is part of Living Works, one of the most widely used suicide prevention training programs. National Lifeline are hosting an Assist workshop in Blackburn, Melbourne in February 2002 for the depressioNet Visitor Care Team. We invite you to join us and as the numbers are limited to 14, please let us know if you are interested as soon as possible.

Making Changes http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/making_changes.html
The Making Changes Program has been developed by Dr Timothy Sharp and is about helping people to achieve their goals. Making Changes can help you by working with you to develop a personalised program specifically for you, or you can attend group programs. The next introductory program will be held in Sydney and commences Tuesday 5th February 2002, at 5:00pm

Life Be In It NT http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/lifebeinit.html
A health promotion event will be held in Darwin, Arnhem Land, Barkley Region, Alice Springs Region and the Katherine Region on the 18th December 2001 for Senior Territorians. This event will help to promote general health and well-being for yourself, family and friends.

Tamar Health and Community Service http://www.depressionet.com.au/resources/tas.html
This is a new support group in Beaconsfield. They meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. The next meeting is on the 9th January.

Skills for Life http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/act_skills.html
Various groups are run through out the ACT with the aim of providing strategies and tools to minimise distressing symptoms and improve quality of life for people who experience a range of mental health issues. Groups include minimising the pressures of Christmas

Mental Health First Aid Course http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/act.html
This is an 8-hour course designed to improve one's mental health literacy about the main mental health problems of depression, anxiety disorders and alcohol & drug disorders. The course will be held at various venues around the ACT.

Turning Negative To Positive http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/negative_positive.html
This program helps you navigate through depressive episodes and gives you the skills to better deal with depressive episodes in the future.

Rotary Community Forums http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/rotary.html
Rotary Australian Rotary Health Research Fund will be conducting a minimum of 300 Community Forums for Mental Illness awareness around Australia over 2 years. Their aim is to improve the general community's real, or perceived, view of people who have had a personal experience with mental illness. They have already run a number of these forums and the feedback has been excellent!

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/mcarrgregg_talks.html
Michael is one of Australia's leading adolescent psychologists and has a real passion for helping teenagers. Michael speaks to parents and teenagers all around Australia with practical advice and humour!

Fitness Integrated Therapy Program http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/fit_therapy.html
These programs are held around Queensland and combine elements of treatment which specifically address the physical sensations of depression as well as the psychological aspects

Absolute Alternatives Therapy Expo http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/vic_expo.html
This is a 'New Style Therapy Expo' getting down to the nitty gritty of 'Life Altering' Therapies that are available to the people of Melbourne.

Here for you – always!
If there is anything that we can do to help you in anyway, please let us know: team@depressioNet.com.au
Our warmest regards to all,
Leanne and the dNet Team

December Article

Christmas and the New Year

– Leanne & the depressioNet team.


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