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March 2001

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A very warm depressioNet Welcome! to all who are new to depressionet in the last Month. Through the newsletter we are able to keep you posted about the latest updates at depressioNet, remind you of some of the events of interest and/or help around Australia as well as include an article of relevance.

The Need
Depression is a very isolating illness and one of the worst effects of it is that feeling of being alone and the only person who ever felt this way. One of the main aims of depressioNet is to breakdown that isolation and to communicate that you are not alone, that many others experience the same emotions and challenges.
There can be no greater testimony to the size of this need than the fact that in less than 9 months and with no funding or active promotion, depressionet.com.au has become

Australia's Number 1 Ranking Health Site!

For the week ending 17/3/01, depressionet was also ranked 4th in the broader Lifestyle category and 99 overall out of over 70,000 Australian Internet sites: http://www.hitwise.com.au/ss/

Thank you to everyone who has sent us feedback and suggestions for improvement. depressioNet is here for you and our ability to meet the need out there is largely dependent on you letting us know what you need.

New Team Members
As the number of visitors increases, so does the 'team behind the screens'. depressioNet welcomes two new team members this month.

Dr Lorraine Baker has now joined our Medical Advisory Panel. Lorraine is a GP in private general practice. After 18 years of general practice in the one community she has come, like many family doctors, to appreciate the effects of people's life experiences on their moods and consequently on their feelings of wellbeing. A large part of her work now includes counselling about situational crises and mood disorders. Lorraine is the proud mother of three challenging adolescents and the proud daughter of parents, one of whom has severe Alzheimer's disease.

Keith has joined the depressionet team in the office. We want to ensure that all requests for help are looked after as soon as possible and that visitors receive the best support we can give. As the number of visitors grows this means we need extra help on the Dnet team. Keith first came to depressioNet as a visitor and many will know him better as Jericho from the chat and messageboard

24 Hour Support
With Keith on board we are now providing 24-hour support 7 days a week. Our messageboard is checked around the clock to ensure that the guidelines are being respected and there is 24 hour phone support for the messageboard and chat room. We are doing our best to make depressionet a safe place for all.

Dnet Get-Together!
The depressioNet Melbourne get together is happening this weekend - Sunday 25th March at 12 noon. It will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens and we will be meeting at the Observatory Gate on Birdwood Avenue. Bring along your family and friends and enjoy an afternoon in the gardens. There will be a depressioNet banner displayed to clearly identify us. Everyone Welcome! and remember that we are all 'people like us'. If it is rainning we will meet at the nearby Café – You can't miss it! Thanks Giacinta for organising this!

Dnet Art Gallery
Your Contributions are an important part of depressioNet. We have your stories, poetry, articles and writings on the site, and now we have a place for your art! We have received so much feedback about how helpful it is to be able to read others' stories, poetry etc and art is another important way to express emotions. We now have Darcy's Art on depressionet. Please send us yours if you would like to share it with others.

Help in your Area
Remember that there is a team 'behind the screens' and we are here to help you. If you are looking for professional services, support groups, anything to do with depression and related conditions, we are happy to locate good resources and help in your area for you. Just send an email to help@depressionet.com.au and let us know what area you are in within Australia and a little about you and what you need.

We currently have three questionnaires for separate Australian research projects on the site and we encourage everyone to participate and help out where possible. Research is very important in learning more about depression – prevention, effects and treatment. The more of us who complete questionnaires the more accurate the results and the more that is learnt and understood. After all, it is people like us who benefit.

What's On
Overcoming Depression Calm Life Skills Seminars are being held all around Australia. Dates and information about the seminars are at: http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/nsw_calm.html Sandy is an ordinary Australian who has overcome extraordinary challenges in his life and now teaches other people the skills that helped him.. You can read his amazing story http://www.depressionet.com.au/people/sandym.html

The Australian Rotary Health Research Fund will be conducting a minimum of 300 Community Forums for Mental Illness awareness around Australia over the next 2 years. Keep an eye out in 'What's on' in your area for the one near you. http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/rotary.html

The 8th Annual National Suicide Prevention Conference. Sydney 7th - 9th April 2001.

Overcoming Depression Calm Life Skills Seminars Sydney 31st March - 1st April http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/nswwhatson.html#calm

Rotary Community Forums for Mental Illness Awareness 27th March 2001 - at the Baulkham Hills Shire Council Office, Castle Hills 26th April 2001 - at the Goulburn Soldiers Club - 2 hour drive South West of Sydney 27th April 2001 - at the Temora Bowling Club - 4 hour drive South West of Sydney http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/rotary.html

"Building Bridges" - 4th National Conference on Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Brisbane: 28th - 31st March 2001

Overcoming Depression Calm Life Skills Seminars Brisbane: 28th - 29th April http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/nswwhatson.html#calm

DSP Victoria are holding the United Nations World Health Organisation (UN WHO) ' mental health' day conference on the 7th April 2001 Call: (03) 9742 5530

Three Lectures by Bev Aisbett, author of "Living With It" and "Taming The Black Dog, 1st, 22nd and the 26th of April

Free Meditation trial at the Mountain View Center in Aspendale

Box Hill Hospital is running 3 programs in the next month that may be of interest and/or help Sleep Solutions program to enable you to develop better sleep. Starting 27th March 2001 Self Esteem and Self Awareness Workshop. Starting 28th March 2001 http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/vicwhatson.html

Overcoming Depression Calm Life Skills Seminar. Perth 24th - 25th March (02) 9416 9244 These seminars are being held all around Australia. Dates and information about the seminars are at: http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/nsw_calm.html

Remember to check What's On in your state regularly for new additions !

Monthly Article

Thanks to the focus that depression is getting within Australia from all levels of Government and the media, there is now a lot of information and literature readily available on depression. However we still find many people are concerned and confused by the symptoms of depression and the effects that it has on their lives.

- Leanne & The depressioNet Team

Effects of depression


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