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May 2001

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A very warm depressioNet welcome to all who are new to depressionet since our last newsletter.
There have been some exciting things happening at depressioNet during the last couple of months and we are looking forward to growing and improving to provide an even better site and service for Australians with depression and their families and friends!

Since depressioNet began in June 2000, the project has been privately funded. As we told you in an earlier Newsletter, we have been seeking sponsorship to allow depressioNet to continue and grow. In line with the Australian focus of depressioNet, we have introduced four levels of sponsorship that are named after Australian native plants. These are Wattle ($50,000+), Waratah ($20,000+) and Banksia ($5000+). We also have our 'Friends of depressioNet' ($50 - $5,000) where we acknowledge the very generous support of small business and individuals. We will have full details of these on depressioNet soon.

Our First Sponsors!
The depressioNet team would like to extend a very warm welcome and our thanks to our first sponsors:

Wyeth - Wattyl
Eli Lilly - Waratah
Lundbeck Boronia
JeffW and Shelley Friends of depressioNet

Our sponsors are supporting depressioNet as part of their own commitment to the health and well being of Australians. These are companies and people who understand and support the philosophy of depressioNet.

New Messageboard and Chat!
At last! Thanks to the support of our new sponsors, we have been able to go ahead and have a special new depressioNet messageboard and chat room built. The new chat will have different rooms for you to visit depending on how you are feeling and what you feel like talking about!

The new messageboard will have a number of boards with different themes. A search feature will help you to find what you are looking for. One of the most exciting aspects of the new chat and messageboard is that they have the one registration for both - no more confusion on the messageboard!

While there has been a delay in the arrival, we are expecting that both messageboard and chat will be ready by the end of May and will post to the board when the date has been finalised. Remember that help is available for both the messageboard and chat around the clock either by phone or email.

Number 1 Ranking Health Site
Hitwise rankings for the week ending 19th May show depressioNet is also ranked number 4 in the broader 'Lifestyle' category and 119th out of all Australian Internet sites! This is amazing for an independent site that exists to provide a non-commercial service and is a strong testimony to the size of the need that exists for independent, quality information, help and support. Our ability to fill this need is due largely to the feedback that we receive from you. Thanks to all who have sent us feedback and suggestions for improvement. Please do keep these coming!


We have one new research projects on depressioNet that need our help. Remember that the more people who participate in research, the better the results, the more that is learned, and the more we benefit!

NEW! Language problems, schizophrenia and mood disorders

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!

Visitor Help Teams
So many Dnet visitors have asked us if there is anyway they can help with and be a part of depressioNet. So we now have a visitor help team. We had our first workshop in Melbourne earlier in May for those wanting to attend and some wonderful ideas came from this. 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. You can still be anonymous if you wish... email is a wonderful thing! Just email us at team@depressioNet.com.au and we will include you.

What's On
Overcoming Depression: Calm Life Skills http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/natwhatson.html#calm
The Calm Life Skills Seminars are held throughout the year and offer techniques to help you to relax and achieve goals, by taking charge of you life. These are held throughout Australia and New Zealand!

Alive At Williamstown Pier - a play by Neil Cole.
'A savagely funny and painfully honest play about manic depression.' This is a wonderful play and we have received plenty of very positive feedback! Now showing in regional NSW and Victoria!

Mental Health Foundation Making Life Work For You. This series of luncheon groups are about getting the most out of your life. Series began 29th March and work shops continue until 7th June 2001.

Depression - How To Recognise It And What To Do About It
Dr. Nick Allen, clinical psychologist, lecturer of department of psychology, University of Melbourne,

Take Control of Your Life. http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/vicwhatson.html
A workshop on how to empower people to make them feel more positive about themselves. Participants will be taught simple processes to take control of their lives.

Anxiety Management. http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/vicwhatson.html
A course on how to recover from excessive anxiety using researched and effective strategies.

The Calm Life Skills Seminar http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/nswwhatson.html#calm
Skills to help overcome depression Sydney 14th - 15th July

Women With Depression And Gambling Seminar. http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/sawhatson.html
A 16 week support program starting July 27th until September 14th

Monthly Article

While a day at a psychiatry conference may not sound very exciting, what is happening behind the scenes in terms of research findings, project developments and new ways of thinking and approaching the treatment of depression and associated conditions, provides a message of hope for Australians. We are not alone. There are a host of people out there working on a better understanding of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and a host of other 'mental illnesses' and improving the range and efficacy of treatments available. It was certainly an 'eye opener' for me and worth sharing a little of what is happening. I hope you find it interesting as well.

- Leanne & The depressioNet Team

Unfolding The Future


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