to everyone who has joined our Newsletter mailing list since our October edition.
Through the newsletter we are able to keep you posted about what we are doing to
improve depressioNet.com.au for Australians with depression and their families &
friends. We also include a story or an article for you to enjoy that we hope is of
interest and/or help to you. Your feedback is always appreciated!
The depressioNet.com.au site is updated daily, with items of particular interest
included in the "What's New" section on our home page. Be sure to visit regularly and
remember to 'refresh' (IE browsers) or 'reload' (Netscape) to ensure that you see the
latest version of the home page. There are also general additions and updates that are
not included in What's New, so keep an eye out in your favorite places.
In October, depressioNet.com.au went on to be selected as a FINALIST in the Australian
Financial Review's Internet Industry Awards in the "Community and/or Special Interest"
category. The winners are announced at a special ceremony in Sydney on November 28th –
We will keep you posted!
Thanks to all for your feedback – we do listen and it helps us to make depressioNet the
site we all need.
The Visitors Increase
With the help of the AFR Australian Internet Awards, and links through from other
Internet sites such as Good Medicine, Sane, search engines etc, we are now getting well
over 300 visitors each day. This is great for a very new site with little promotion. We
are planning to run a radio promotional campaign early in the new year to let more
people know that depressioNet.com.au exists as a resource for them.
Garry McDonald (Australian Actor) and Neil Cole (Member of Parliament) have both shared
something of their experiences with depression. If you missed these in What's New, you
will find these in the 'people' section. If you know of any well-known Australians who
have suffered depression and may be happy to share their experiences, please let us know
and we will ask them. It helps to know that this is an illness that can strike anyone,
and that it is still possible to lead very productive lives.
In addition to the help that is available around Australia, we are now providing
information about "What's on" in your area". Please let us know of any events,
functions, workshops, support groups, that people may find helpful so that we can let
others know about them.
Special Events Coming Up..
"Moment of Choice" 2-day National conference on defeating depression, drug use, suicide
and deliberate self-harm. Sydney 16th to 17th November. This is for "families,
consumers, health professionals, allied workers, service providers, government and
non-government agencies and you."
For more information phone (02) 9956 8333 or click on the link on the depressioNet.com.au
Let us know of any good resources or functions that are coming up & we can let others
know about them.
What's Been Happening?..
The new chat room is going well, although there are still a few 'gremlins' in the
system, they are quite harmless and will soon be ironed out ! There are people in there
most evenings now, and we now have a calendar so that people can arrange to meet in the
chat room at a given time. Particularly if you would like, or need, someone to chat to
at times when there is not usually someone there, put an entry in the calendar to let
others know you are going to be there, remember to make note of time differences. It can
help just to be able to talk with others who understand what it is to have depression.
It can be very hard living with and supporting people with depression and we are
continually adding to our Family & Friends section. Feedback tells us that many people
with depression also find some of the information there helpful for themselves, as well
as for their families and friends.
We have added to the medications & treatments for depression. Associate Professor
Trevor Norman is casting an eagle eye over this for us to make sure that the information
we provide is accurate. We also need your help with information and comments on your
experiences with the different medications and treatments. It does help others to hear
about your experiences.
Many people have been asking about Hypnotherapy and it's usefulness in treating
depression. Many psychologists and psychiatrists are also skilled in hypnotherapy and
have found it to be a very useful tool in treating depression. It is important to note
that the effectiveness of any treatment for depression can vary greatly from person to
person, and for most people with depression, a combination of treatments is best.
Janet Hall is a Clinical Psychologist and Hypnotherapist and the following is an excerpt
from information that Janet sent through and gives an overview of hypnotherapy and how
it can help with depression.