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October 2002

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Welcome to depressioNet!
depressioNet is created by and for 'people like us' Australians living with depression. Our vision is a society in which there is no stigma associated with depression either within the community or the individual. Our mission is to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of Australians. These are no shallow mission and vision statements. They are achievable because of the unique nature of depressioNet where we 'walk the talk'. At depressioNet we recognise that the Australian experience of depression and the issues for people in their daily lives vary and we look to find innovative solutions to the broader issues while our focus at all times is caring for the individual. A very warm Welcome to all!

depressioNet - Now a DGR = Deductible Gift Recipient!
Our sincere thanks to the team at Freehills for their wonderful support and the legal services they provide to depressioNet in so many areas. In particular huge thanks to Lorrelle Mandaru for her support and help with our application for ITEC (Income Tax Exempt Charity) and now DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) endorsement from the ATO (Australian Taxation Office - don't you just love acronyms? J) I think Lorrelle was as excited as we were here when the news came through! Now any donations to help depressioNet are able to be claimed as a tax deduction. If you would like to make a contribution to help depressioNet provide the information, help and 24-hour support for "people like us" as well as the other services we provide to help reduce the impact of depression and related conditions, you can do so by phone: 1300 135 542, cheque or online. Details are at http://www.depressioNet.com.au/partners/contribution.html

Ritchies Community Benefits Scheme - Supporting depressioNet!
Ritchies is a Victorian Supermarket chain who run a wonderful 'community Benefit' scheme. depressioNet is now a registered charity with Ritchies. By obtaining a Ritchies Community Benefit Card and nominating depressioNet as your chosen charity, 1% of the money you spend in either the supermarket or liquor department will automatically be donated to depressioNet!

We encourage all Victorians who live near a Ritchies store to ask for an application form at your local Ritchies and nominate depressioNet as your charity. You will receive a key tag to show at the checkout each time you shop there for depressioNet to be donated 1% of the value of your total. Every little bit helps and this is a great way for those who live near Ritchies to support depressioNet supporting all Australians with depression.

We have a list of Ritchies locations on depressioNet at: http://www.depressionet.com.au/files/ritchies.pdf

depressioNet Art Exhibitions - Sydney & Melbourne
Two wonderful teams of people - one in Sydney and one in Melbourne held Art Exhibitions in support of depressioNet and Australian artists living with depression to be held during Mental Health Week!

"By holding the exhibitions 'Under The Coffee Table' and 'Life is for Living' during Mental Health Week, we as artist believe it is an innovative way to speak from our hearts and souls, a step forward to increase public awareness and minimise the stigma of depression and suicide."

Our thanks to Maria and Theo and the people who helped out for all your hard work and to the artists who proudly exhibited their work for us all to share.

depressioNet Online Q&A Chat Sessions with APS Psychologists!
Together with the support of the wonderful psychologists from the Australian Psychological Society (APS), we held our first chat Q&A (Question & Answer) sessions during mental health week. This gave people an opportunity to ask qualified, experienced psychologists questions while remaining anonymous. They are not intended as counselling sessions but an opportunity to ask questions or simply sit and listen to the questions asked by others and the answers provided by the psychologists. The feedback both from the psychologists and those who attended was very positive and we are looking to set up regular sessions on an ongoing basis. Our thanks to the APS and the psychologists who took part for all their support of depressioNet!

APS Tip of the Month!
This months' tip is from the Australian Psychological Society Understanding and Managing Chronic Mental Illness Tip Sheet. 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.

Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder How to recognise the signs

"Early signs of a change in everyday functioning may occur in areas such as relationships, work or education. These changes are often first noticed by close friends or family members. As with most illnesses, the best outcome results from early detection and intervention. Early signs might include such symptoms as increased irritability, anger, tension, or depression. A person might also experience mood swings, disturbance in sleep patterns, changes in appetite and loss of energy or motivation. People more vulnerable to psychosis may also experience a change of speed in thinking patterns, or perceptions that environment seems different or strange. Symptoms in some people may be severe enough to warrant hospitalisation. Even the best attempts of family and friends, and out patient treatment, may not always be sufficient."

Research Needing Participants
The more we learn about depression and related conditions, and the more we understand, the better for us all!

NEW Augmentation Of An Antidepressant
Professor Gordon Parker is conducting a research project and needs people who live in Sydney and have a first or new episode of depression requiring treatment.

Mood Disorder Unit Prince of Wales Hospital
The Mood Disorders Unit are currently conducting two research projects: Australian Trial for Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and New Investigational Medicine for Depression Study

5 Research Projects Currently Being Conducted Into Bipolar Disorder
5 different research studies into Bipolar Disorder

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

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!

Michael Carr-Gregg Talks

Man Alive: South Australia. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy techniques - specifically for men..

The Carer: Bud Tingwell, who cared for his wife until her death a few years ago, plays the role of George.

The Melbourne Clinic: day programs for people who suffer depression,

Rotary Community Forums: These are excellent to learn more about depression and other mental illnesses. Find out when the next one is being held near you!

Here for you 24 hours a day!
If there is anything that we can do to help you in anyway, please let us know: team@depressioNet.com.au
Leanne and the Team at depressioNet

October Article

A Stigma Free World - Painting The Picture Together!

Leanne & the depressioNet team.


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