Depression

Depression


Information
Caregiver Depression – A Growing Mental Health Concern (US) – “Too often, attention to mental health services for older people and their caregivers is negligible or absent, despite the fact that mental health problems and caregiver distress are among the leading reasons for institutionalization” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999).

Links
beyondblue (AUS) – beyondblue aims to provide clear and comprehensive information about depression.  This website will take you step-by-step through the symptoms of depression; how to recognise it, how to get help, how to help someone and how to stay well.
Black Dog Institute (AUS) – The Black Dog Institute is an educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility dedicated to improving the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders.
GROW (NZ) – GROW is a voluntary association of people who know they are inadequate or maladjusted to life (mentally, socially or spiritually), who earnestly desire to change and are helping one another to grow to personal maturity.  GROW meetings are typically formed by a group of 5 to 9 people who meet weekly for two hours followed by some refreshments.  They combine personal testimonies, reports on progress, group work on members’ problems and adult education about rebuilding lives.  Between meetings they keep in touch through friendly phone calls and organised socials.  There is no need for referral and participation is voluntary.  Meetings are confidential and anonymous – members know one another by first names only.  No fees are charged and a small donation to meet necessary expenses is voluntary.
Healthy Place – Depression Community (US) – For those who have already been diagnosed with depression and are in treatment, we want to help you learn as much as you can about depression and to offer you support in your recovery.  We want to give you up-to-date information about what depression is (and what it isn’t).  There are some common myths about depression that aren’t correct.
I Had A Black Dog (AUS) – Blogspot of Matthew Johnson, co-author of Living With A Black Dog. Like my book, I Had A Black Dog, I want to try and keep this site simple, informative and up to date.  Because of the illustrative nature of the book, words were modest, so hopefully I can elaborate a little more than I did in the book.
Ministry Of Health – Depression Helpline (NZ) – A Depression Helpline for those who wish to speak to a trained counsellor.  Online resources for people with depression and those who support them.
Surf City Support (AUS) – Mood disorders, relapse and successful recovery have all been a part of Jerry’s life.  As in nearly all families, life has had its challenges. After a thirty-year career in health care, Jerry joined a Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) family support group and began ongoing education programs with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Now, as manager of a busy DBSA Resource Center in Orange County, CA and editor of its newsletter, The Rollercoaster Times, Jerry has helped hundreds of family members, companions and caregivers assisting loved ones suffering from mental illnesses.
The LowDown (NZ) – The Lowdown aims to help young people recognise and understand depression.  This site encourages and enables them to seek appropriate help, or puts them in touch with trained professionals.  If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, The Lowdown is a good place to be. Here you’ll find info on depression, and advice on dealing with it.  The Lowdown has a great new online service for people experiencing depression or for those who know someone who is.  It is a service where you can get live one on one support and learn some skills to help solve problems you may be experiencing.
Undoing Depression (USA) – I want this website to be a place where people can find the tools they need to help them live better.  In my work I see far too many people who suffer needlessly because they either don’t recognize their own problems or because they’ve come to believe that their loneliness or pain is normal.  We’ve tried to structure this site from the bottom up, so to speak, in order that people will recognize in our topics the problems they’re dealing with, find some help on those issues, and some guidance on getting further help.