We have had quite a few depressioNet visitors comment recently that they were a little embarrassed in asking for our help because they felt that their depression was not as bad as others. One man said that he felt embarrassed talking about his experience with mild depression when there were others who had experiences with major depression and who were far worse off than he was.
Depression can strike anyone at any time and no two people will ever have an identical experience. While we share many of the same challenges, the nature of depression is that it undermines many aspects of who we are, and thus as unique individuals so too will our experience of depression be unique.
It doesn't help anyone to compare your depression with anyone else when looking at getting help. If it is impacting on your quality of life in anyway then it is worth getting help and 'getting rid' of it. We all need and deserve help and support whatever our particular circumstances, and depressioNet and the team behind the screens are here to help anyone whose life is affected by depression – including families & friends. Never be embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help. Just drop us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to look after you.
Tracy Thompson, author of "The Beast - A Journey Through Depression, acknowledges "I am always amazed at the power of this illness to lay me low. You don't have to be a babbling in the street person to have a serious mental illness, I nearly lost my life to depression, but I hardly ever missed a day of work."
Visitors Helping out!
Our sincere thanks to the many visitors who help us in so many ways. We are a small team and all help is very much appreciated. Being a part of the visitor help teams gives you an opportunity to be involved at any level you would like, from providing input and feedback on new developments through to taking part in specific project teams. We have also recently started a Volunteer program to help out here at the office! It is important that you take part only if you feel it will be of benefit to you. depressioNet is here to support you – not the other way around! Email to: team@depressioNet.com.au if you would like further information.
"The Good Sleep Guide" Dr. Timothy J Sharp http://www.depressionet.com.au/books/visitors/good_sleep.html
The Good Sleep Guide discusses sleeping problems and helps the reader, in ten easy to read chapters, to discover how to achieve a good night's sleep. Topics discussed include the importance of sleep, the role of diet, medication, caffeine and alcohol, relaxation, and how to establish a sleep routine paying particular attention to combating worry, stress and racing thoughts.
New Messageboard and Chat!
The new message board is now up and running. There are considerable improvements we want made to both the message board and chat room, and slowly but surely these will happen! The most important thing is that while anyone can read the message board, only those who register can post. This helps keep nuisances (ie pranksters who post inappropriately) away and make depressioNet a safe place for those who need it. Thank you for your patience
We currently have five Australian research projects on depressioNet.com.au that need our help.
NEW! 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
This study is being conducted by Dr. Susan Rossell from Maquarie University and needs people who live in the Sydney region and who have schizophrenia or a mood disorder.
Responses of Women to Stressful Life Events: Predictors of chronic psychological distress
This research invites women who have experienced a stressful life event(s) within the last five years and who are currently 18 years and over to participate. This involves a questionnaire so is available to all!
Mood Disorders and Intimate Relationships
A research study through Deakin University that aims at exploring the intimate relationships of couples where at least one partner has a mood disorder. Another questionnaire so it doesn't matter where you live!
We have included some of the Seminars & Workshops that may be of interest that are being held throughout Australia and New Zealand below, and a few others to give you an example of the sort of programs that are being held. For more information on these and other relevant events, visit the National and State links from http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson.html. Let us know via e-mail to email@example.com if you are aware of any relevant events so we can let others know about it.
TheMHS 11th Annual Mental Health Services Conference http://www.depressionet.com.au/conferences/themhs.html
TheMHS is the largest Mental Health conference in Australia and New Zealand, attracting over 1,000 health professionals, carers, and people living with depression. This years conference will be held in New Zealand from 29th to the 31st August and has the Theme 'No One Is An Island'. Very appropriate for dNet!
Yapko Workshops http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/yapko.html
Dr. Michael Yapko is a clinical psychologist and marriage/family therapist in clinical practice in Solana Beach, California. Michael Yapko is internationally recognised for his work in the active treatment of depression, the use of clinical hypnosis and his advancement of the use of outcome-focused, short-term psychotherapy.
Mental Health First Aid Course http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/actwhatson.html#firstaid
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.
Anxiety: Ways to Recover http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/vic_anxiety.html
Simon Palomares, Joe Bolza and Sallee McLaren will be holding a public talk to help raise funds for establishing ADAVIC's Northern Suburbs Support Group.
Anxiety Management Workshops http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/vic_fox.html
The workshops are designed for people with anxiety, panic attacks and/or one of the Anxiety Disorders and for partners and family members. The workshop is pro-active with an emphasis on self management and prevention of any future relapse. The workshops are complimentary to Professional Treatment Services and are not a replacement for them.