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MAY 2002
NEWSLETTER

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Welcome to depressioNet!

depressioNet is created by and for 'people like us' – Australians living with depression. With depression being such a common illness, it affects us all either directly or through a family member or friend. The more we know about depression and related conditions and the more open we are, the better equipped we are to reduce the impact of this illness on our lives and on the lives of the people we care for. The depressioNet newsletter is our way of keeping in touch with you, letting you know about things that are happening here at depressioNet and around Australia that may be of interest and/or help.
We welcome your input and feedback to help make depressioNet a better place for us all.

APS Tip of the Month!

With thanks to the APS we can now provide you with a tip each month on how to live with depression and related illnesses. This months' tip comes from the Understanding and Managing Depression Tip Sheet provided by the APS. To obtain a full copy of this and other Tip Sheets Freecall the APS office on 1800 333 497 or email the APS at tipsheet@psychsociety.com.au. Remember to include your postal address.

Combination Treatments
"For some types of depression, particularly more severe depression, a combination of both antidepressants medication and psychological treatment may be most helpful. The antidepressant medication assists in changing the individual's mood state, and increases responsiveness to psychological treatment, which provide support and strategies to change depressed thinking and behaviour, and increases long-term coping skills to minimise future relapse." APS Tip Sheet Understanding and Managing Depression.

depressioNet Art Exhibition – Calling All Artists!

A wonderful team of depressioNet visitors lead by experienced Artist 'Iliad' have got together and are organising a fundraising art exhibition in Sydney during Mental Health Week in October to raise money for depressioNet. If you have artistic talents and would like to be a part of this exciting project and join other people living with depression in displaying your artwork and helping to raise awareness of depression, send an email to team@depressioNet.com.au and we will put you in contact with Iliad.

Message Board and Chat Guidelines

As mentioned in our March newsletter, our guidelines are a bit like an instruction book J, so to help keep these 'front of mind' we are including a 'Guideline' in each newsletter. Our first guideline was appropriately one about your first visit to chat which as we all know can be a rather daunting experience. Luckily we have a great team behind the screens that are there to help in anyway we can and this is explained in our guidelines at 'The depressioNet Team: http://www.depressionet.com.au/guidelines.html#team

Helping Others

The Regional Action Partnership Link (RAPLink) are in need of resources such as rural psychologists, social workers and counsellors who able to work with community groups. They also need scientists in all fields to help with scientific queries from student groups. If you can offer these skills, please write and tell the RAP Link about yourself. Write to the Secretary at raplink@ozemail.com.au.

Resources - Hospitals

In March the Palm Beach Private Hospital joined the other Healthscope Hospitals on depressioNet. The Palm Beach Currumbin Clinic on the Gold Coast, is the largest private psychiatric hospital in Queensland and also runs a number of quality outpatient services that are of help for people with depression and related conditions

Research – Help them to help us!

The more we learn about depression and related conditions, and the more we understand, the better for us all! 6 research projects that need our help: http://www.depressionet.com.au/research_project.html. These include two newly listed projects being conducted by the Mood Disorders Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital that need people living in the Sydney region who are experiencing a current episode of depression.

Conferences

Rural and Remote Nursing Summit The Summit will be held in Adelaide 11th-12th June 2002 and aims to ensure that current and proposed developments in nursing policy and practice are informed by the particular characteristics of people and health settings in non-metropolitan areas, and the nurses who work in them.

Third International Conference on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Running between the 11th-15th June in Brisbane, this conference will provide a complete update on developments over the two years since the previous conference and will comprise workshops, lectures from internationally renowned speakers, high quality oral and poster presentations and commercial exhibits.

Quality of Life – For All Of Life This conference is for all who have an interest in suicide prevention and 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. The conference is hosted by Suicide Prevention Australia and will be held in Darling Harbour 21st-23rd June 2002.

What's On

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!

MoodWorks Educational Society Inc
The MoodWorks Educational Society are running a number of talks on different topics relating to mental health from The Melbourne Clinic in Richmond. Next: June 11th: Partnering & Family Issues with Alison Robertson.

Cognitive Therapy Programs Dr Timothy Sharp & Associates offer a range of individualised programs aimed at teaching you the key skills needed for managing your mood more effectively.

VYNE – Vision for Youth through kNowledge and Education
VYNE operates within a health promoting framework with an emphasis on building resilience and community capacity. Programs run all year round with 10 programs being conducted in June.

Rotary Community Forums
These are excellent forums aimed at educating the community. Venues for June are: NSW – Waterloo, Chatswood, Bathurst, Taree; SA – Strathalbyn, McLarens on the Lake, Cooinda, Noarlunga, Reynella, Brighton/Glenelg; VIC - Sunbury, Maryborough, Horsham, Box Hill (depressioNet will be attending this one!), St Kilda; NT - Darwin and QLD - Mareeba, Innisfail, Cairns.

Beyond Blue Community Forums
Beyond Blue are holding a community forum for mental illness on the Gold Coast on Thursday 13th June. For information on this or any of the BeyondBlue forums, ph 03 9810 6100 or email bb@beyondblue.org.au

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 & The depressioNet Team

Removing The Stigma - Issues & Opportunities
(Note this is an updated version of the original article)

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