to everyone who has joined our Newsletter mailing list since our September edition.
Through the newsletter we are able to keep you posted about what we are doing to improve
depressioNet.com.au, and the service we provide for Australians with depression and
their support networks. 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 specific items of 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.
The visitors increase…
4 months on and we have had over 15,000 visitors to depressioNet.com.au! We are always
looking for creative ways to let people know that depressioNet.com.au exists as a
resource for them. Please let us know if you can help with this in any way.
Help in your area - the story continues..
We have totally revamped the depressioNet "Help In Your Area" section and have an
initial list of resources available in all states. This is a priority for us during the
coming months. There are so many resources available in Australia and yet we are
finding it a challenge to locate them all. Trying to do this while in the depths of
depression can be difficult.
Remember that if you want information regarding help available in your area, you can
email us at admin@depressioNet.com.au, and we will send it through. Your privacy will
be respected at all times.
In addition to the help that is available around Australia, we are now providing
information about "What's on" in your area". In this section you will find an overview
of relevant functions, workshops, seminars, conferences, events, and anything that may
be of interest to depression sufferers and our support networks.
It was Mental Health Week this week (8th – 15th October) and there have been literally
hundreds of events held around Australia. We have had details of many of these on
depressioNet from states that sent us the information. We have been to a few excellent
ones – hope you managed to make a few too!
Special Events Coming Up..
"Solutions for Depression & Panic Attacks" A Free Seminar in Melbourne, 25th October
"Moment of Choice" 2-day National conference on defeating depression, drug use, suicide
and deliberate self-harm. Sydney 16th to 17th November.
Further information on each of these events can be found on the depressioNet.com.au home
Let us know of any good resources or functions that are coming up & we can let others
know about them.
depressioNet.com.au has been selected in September as a semi-finalist in the Australian
Financial Review's Internet Industry Awards in the "Community and/or Special Interest"
category. Thanks to all for your feedback – we do listen and it helps us to make
depressioNet the site we all need.
What's Been Happening?..
The new chat room has finally arrived! It is now much easier and faster to log in.
We are planning to follow up soon with a 'roster' so that people can arrange to meet in
the chat room at a given time. Particularly while we are still new, it would be great
if we can have someone in there as often as possible so that when people do visit, they
find someone there and don't just leave. People are missing each other by only a few
minutes, because they leave as soon as they see that no one is there. Wait at least a
few minutes. In the future, there will be people chatting most of the day and night –
until then, hopefully the roster / calendar will make things easier!
Genevieve has been working hard tracking down resources for Family & Friends. It can be
very hard living with and supporting people with depression and our Family & Friends
section has now been upgraded with more resources available for you. We will continue
to work on this in the coming months.
We have finally made a start on providing information on medications & treatments for
depression. Again, this will be continually upgraded, and we are asking for your help
with information and comments on different medications and treatments. It does help
others to hear about your experiences.
I have been impressed recently by the incredible atmosphere of support and camaraderie
that exists in the chat room and on the messageboard. I wrote the following article
with a little help from you, 'people like me.' Thanks to Meg and Nigel for your help