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Welcome to depressioNet!
A very warm depressioNet welcome to all who are new to depressioNet in the last month. We hope you were able to take time out to relax and rejuvenate over the Christmas season. January has been a relatively quiet month so not much to report. However February is looking like a busy month so check out what is on in your area, and always remember that there is a 'Team behind the screens' at depressioNet who are here to help you in anyway we can.

Getting Together
The depressioNet messageboard and chat give us the opportunity to meet other people like us who know what it is to live with depression and related conditions in the safety and comfort of our own home. One of the many benefits of this is the ability to share with others who understand while remaining completely anonymous. There are now regular 'Get-Togethers' being held around Australia where all are welcome to come along and meet other 'dNetters' in real life. People from all over Australia flew in to attend the recent Melbourne Get-Together and many overcame extreme anxiety to get there. It was a fabulous day and all agreed it was well worth the effort. Keep an eye on our 'Special Day' board to find out when there will be a get together near you and if you would like to attend but are nervous and need some encouragement and support, just let us know!

Working Together
An important part of the depressioNet philosophy is to help other organisations and people who provide services to people living with depression and related conditions wherever we can.

In April the Mental Health Association of NSW is conducting a statewide Depression and Anxiety Screening Day. They will be setting up public booths around the state to give people the opportunity to assess their own state of mental health and to access information and referral to support services and appropriate care.

depressioNet will be working with the MHA of NSW to offer people the opportunity to visit a screening booth online so that people living in NSW will be able to access this service at home. You can find out more about the screening day at http://www.depressionet.com.au/nswscreen.html

Learning to Care
Join the dNet Team at the Living Works 'ASIST' Program!

ASIST is a two-day workshop for community 'care givers', run by National Lifeline. This workshop is being run specifically for the depressioNet Visitor Care Team and we are inviting anyone who feels that this would be of benefit to them to join us! The program will be running over the 9th and 10th of February in Blackburn Melbourne http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/nat_asist.html

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.

NEW! SPA Conference
Suicide Prevention Australia are hosting a conference to be held in Darling Harbour over the 21st-23rd June. This focuses on both public health and clinical interventions that prevent risks for suicide, that ameliorate the distress of people at risk, or which respond to those bereaved by suicide, including front line practitioners.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health http://www.depressionet.com.au/conferences/child_adol.html
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 http://www.depressionet.com.au/conferences/resilience.html
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!

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

Rotary Community Forums http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/rotary.html
It is a busy month for the Rotary Australian Rotary Health Research Fund with 18 Community Forums being held in February and more coming up in March. These are excellent so be sure to keep an eye out for when there is one near you. Their aim is to improve the general community's real, or perceived, view of people who have had a personal experience with mental illness.

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! He is speaking most nights during February in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA. Check his page for details.

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 on the 9th & 10th February for the depressioNet Visitor Care Team. We invite you to join us.

'Working With It' Workshops http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/vic_lectures.html
Bev Aisbett, Author of 'Living With It' and 'Taming the Black Dog' has devised a five week recovery program and has two of these commencing in February on the 20th & 27th. Contact ADAVIC on (03) 9853 8089

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
Leanne and the dNet Team

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