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to everyone who has joined our Newsletter mailing list since our August 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 always appreciated!

The visitors increase…
In the first 3 months we have had over 10,000 visitors to depressioNet.com.au! We are looking at creative ways to let people know we are here for them, to avoid expensive advertising. Please let us know if you can help with this in anyway.

The team grows…
We welcome Genevieve, who is working full time in the office.
Gen will be looking after the myriad of things that need doing regularly such as checking newspapers from around the country for relevant articles, obtaining copyright permission, tracking down new information for us, and lots more.
Rod has come on board to give a hand with specific projects that were not getting the attention they needed.
He is working hard on getting an Aussie bookshop happening for depressioNet.com.au, and also looking at options for ongoing funding.

Help in your area – the story continues…
One of the most important aspects of depressioNet.com.au is ensuring that we have help available when people need it. We have new psychologists on board now in our Help In Your Area section – welcome to Tasmania! We are working hard to track down and get approval to list other support services listed. We will let you know when they appear through the "What's New" section on the depressioNet.com.au 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.

Remember that if you want information regarding help available in your area, you can email us at info@depressioNet.com.au, and we will send it through. Your privacy will be respected at all times.

We want to ensure that depressioNet.com.au meets and exceeds the highest Internet standards. To help keep the site on track we comply with the Health On the Net (HON) code of conduct and meet all of their requirements. If you would like to know more about these principles, you can click on the HONcode picture on the info@depressioNet.com.au page to go through to the relevant page on the HONcode website.

Thanks again for taking the time to send us your support and encouragement.

  • M: "Just wanted to say that I find your site helpful and inspirational. …By finding this site and reading the posted messages it has helped me to seek help. I have a long way to go but it is a start."
  • L: "I think this forum is terrific and very badly needed as people with depression find it very difficult to communicate."
  • B: "I think this is an excellent site with a lot of useful information…"
And many more… Thank-you.

What's Been Happening?

  • Now that Gen is on board, the news items are updated regularly. These are taken from newspapers and are a mix of news articles, stories and useful information. Check out LATEST NEWS regularly.
  • Problems with Netscape are all fixed. Please let us know if you have any further problems here.
  • We are asking some well-known Australian depression sufferers for permission to list them in our 'People' section. We are also asking them to for a brief overview of their experiences with depression. It helps to know that we are not alone, that depression can hit anyone, and does! Garry McDonald who is now a board member of the National Depression Intitiative will be putting together something for us in the near future. You can read a little about his experience there now.

This month we have put together an article on sleep and depression. Many people struggling with depression are caught in a vicious cycle where depression and lack of sleep feed off one another, one worsening the quality of the other. We have included some ideas that you may find helpful.

-Leanne & The depressioNet Team

Depression and Insomnia - How do they relate?


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