A very warm depressioNet welcome to all! Through the newsletter we are able to keep you posted about what we are doing to improve depressioNet.com.au for Australians with depression and their families & friends.
New team members
As the number of depressioNet visitors grows, so too does the team 'behind the screens'.
Lou (Mary-Louise) is now working full time on tracking down resources for help and support for depression sufferers and families and friends throughout Australia. Keep a lookout in the What's On and Help in you area sections of depressioNet as these will start to be updated regularly as we get more information.
Brian is looking after all of our visitor communication. He will make sure that all requests for help are looked after and replied to as soon as possible, that your contributions are included in the right area of depressioNet, check the messageboard regularly… basically ensure that everyone is looked after wherever there is a need.
Our well-known Australian for January is Sue Cruickshank. Sue is an Australian entertainer and comedian who experienced depression as a result of health issues. You will be able to read about Sue's experience with depression in the next week or so. We will have a link from "What's new" when this is available.
**If you know of any well-known Australians who have suffered depression or who have a family member or friend who has, and may be happy to share their experiences, please let us know and we will ask them.
Last month we told you about 2 research projects that need our help. There is now a third project this month. The Melbourne Clinic and Brain Sciences Institute are looking for people in Melbourne to participate in a study that is looking into the effectiveness of a herbal treatment for depression. As with the other 2 projects, there is a link from the depressioNet.com.au home page to more detailed information about this study.
depressioNet.com.au has grown considerably since the first 4 pages went live in June 2000. There are now over 400 pages! We are now conducting a review to make sure that depressioNet continues to be easy to use and simple for you to find what you are looking for. This is a big job, and so we are doing it in sections.
Over the next few weeks you will see changes happening with new 'sections' being added, and possibly some of the current sections re-grouped. We definitely need any feedback you may have as we go, and please do let us know if you do have any suggestions for improvement so that we can include these in our review.
Thank-you to everyone who has sent us feedback and suggestions for improvement. It is great to know we are on the right track, and we get many good ideas for depressioNet from you. It is also great to get your contributions. It does help others to be able to read your stories, experiences with medication and various forms of treatment, poetry etc. One of the worst aspects of depression is the feeling of being alone, the only one who feels this way. People who visit depressioNet very quickly learn that they are not – thanks to you!
With Lou on board, we are now able to include more information on events happening around Australia that might be of interest and /or help to you. A couple worth mentioning here are the Calm Life Skills seminars and Zoeros courses and workshops that teach empowering life skills. We also have information on venues for Neil Cole's play "Alive at Williamstown Pier" which is based on Neil's experience with bipolar disorder. You can read something about Neils experience in our People section. Look in the 'What's On' section for your state to see which of these are available in your area.