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Welcome to depressioNet!
A very warm depressioNet welcome to all who are new to depressioNet in the last month. Our newsletter is designed to keep you posted on what is happening at depressioNet and let you know about some of the research, events, etc that are happening around Australia that may be of interest and or help.

Messageboard & Chat

Thanks to the dedication and support of a wonderful team of visitors and the team at depressioNet…
The depressioNet chat room will be re-opening on Friday 9th November at 10am!
This will not yet be 24 hours, but we are working on it.

Chat times will be:

  • Weekdays: 6am to 3am
  • Weekends: 10am to 3am

We are also still working on returning the message board… hopefully this will not be too much longer.

Government Assistance
As you may know, we had been seeking a one-off grant of $30,000 from the Government to help maintain the messageboard and chat and 24 hour support services while we secured the future of depressioNet.

Our request for help was unsuccessful and we were forced to close these services on the 8th September.

Many people are confused by the responses they are receiving from members of government, and our team of visitors has put together a summary of the Government's response to help clarify. For those who are interested, you can read this on depressioNet at: http://www.depressionet.com.au/aboutus/thefacts.html

Working Together!
The overwhelming support and encouragement we have received from so many people and organisations is very deeply appreciated and helps depressioNet to remain an independent service provided by 'people like us' for all of us. If the government will not provide the help we need, we will do it ourselves. depressioNet is too important to people living with depression to allow it to close.

Again, our deepest thanks to all who have been helping and providing support to each other and to the team here. We can't do it alone. Without your support and contributions we would not be able to continue.

Large or small, every $ counts in this critical period. Together, we WILL do it!

If you would like to help out by making a contribution, information on how to do this is on depressioNet at:

Becoming a 'Not for profit'
While depressioNet always has been, and always will be 'charitable' in nature, due to the tight financial situation we haven't had the funds available to pay the legal costs involved in obtaining the formal Taxation Office status to be legally acknowledged as a 'not for profit' organisation. Thanks to the generosity of the legal firm Freehills who have offered to do this work for us, this is now under way and we are hoping it will be completed early in the New Year. This is an important step in securing the future of depressioNet.

Thanks to our Supporters!
depressioNet would not have been able to continue and grow without the help of a number of companies who understand and support the value of depressioNet . We would like to extend a very warm depressioNet 'Welcome' to our new Major 'Wattle' supporter, Making Changes. Making Changes has been developed by Dr Timothy Sharp who has been a very strong supporter of depressioNet for some time now. http://www.depressionet.com.au/resources/services/nat/makingchanges.html

depressioNet now has organisations from a range of industries that provide services for people living with depression. These include representatives from the pharmaceutical, Psychological and naturual health Care industries. The financial support of our Major 'Wattle' Supporters Wyeth and Making Changes, and our 'Waratah' Supporters Eli Lily and Herron, as well as 'people like us' who contribute financially, makes it possible for depressioNet to remain independent and we will be doing more in the future to acknowledge our appreciation of this support. http://www.depressionet.com.au/partners/partners.html

Research – Help them to help us!
We currently have a number of Australian research projects on depressioNet.com.au that need our help. The more that is understood about depression and related conditions, the better for us all!

NEW! The Gender Order and Mental Health In Young Australians
Nicole Shepherd from the University of Queensland is conducting this study and needs people aged 18 to 24 years old to take part in an interview. If you live outside Brisbane, you can still participate!

5 Research Projects Currently Being Conducted Into Bipolar Disorder
The Mood Disorders Unit at The Prince of Wales Hospital, N.S.W is currently conducting 5 different research studies into Bipolar Disorder

Transcranial Magnetic Research (TMS) A New Treatment for Depression
The Mood Disorders Unit (MDU) at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney is offering TMS as an experimental treatment for depression. To participate you will need to be able to visit the MDU in Sydney.

Language problems, schizophrenia and mood disorders
Dr. Susan Rossell is conducting this study from Maquarie University and needs people who live in the Sydney region and who have schizophrenia or a mood disorder.

Mood Disorders and Intimate Relationships
This study aims to gain further understanding about the complex nature of the intimate relationships of people with a mood disorder and to identify how mental health workers can better assist couples.

What's On http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson.html

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!

Forging Our Future: NSWCAG http://www.depressionet.com.au/conferences/forging_future.html
The New South Wales Consumer Advisory Group invites everyone to celebrate their achievements and share in their future journeys of recovery and health

Mental Health First Aid Course http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/actwhatson.html#firstaid
This is an 8-hour course designed to improve one's mental health literacy about the main mental health problems of depression, anxiety disorders and alcohol & drug disorders. The course will be held at various venues around the ACT.

Turning Negative To Positive http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/negative_positive.html
This program helps you navigate through depressive episodes and gives you the skills to better deal with depressive episodes in the future.

Rotary Community Forums http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/rotary.html
Rotary Australian Rotary Health Research Fund will be conducting a minimum of 300 Community Forums for Mental Illness awareness around Australia over 2 years. Their aim is to improve the general community's real, or perceived, view of people who have had a personal experience with mental illness. They have already run a number of these forums and the feedback has been excellent!

Beyondblue Community Forums http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/beyondblue.html
Beyondblue are also conducting Community Forums for Mental Illness awareness around Australia throughout November. Their vision is to create a society that understands and responds to the personal and social impact of depression.

Fitness Integrated Therapy Program http://www.depressionet.com.au/whatson/fit_therapy.html
These programs are held around Queensland and combine elements of treatment which specifically address the physical sensations of depression as well as the psychological aspects.

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 Our warmest regards to all,
Leanne and the dNet Team

Our thanks to Dr Linda Thomas (Canberra) for providing this month's depressioNet article.



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