Depression

If you have depression, it is important to know you are not alone. We are here to help you.

Our qualified health professionals are available to provide information, support and encouragement to help you learn to better manage your depression.

What is depression?

While many people may experience low mood or sadness occasionally, depression tends to be ongoing, lasting anywhere from several weeks to years. Depression affects as many as one in four people.

With depression, you may experience:

  • low moods, feeling sad or a lack of motivation
  • a marked loss of pleasure, which can impact the way you go about your day to day activities
  • negative changes to your appetite and sleeping patterns
  • feelings of worthlessness and even thoughts of suicide.

Our depression program

We provide programs in a friendly, safe and caring environment in collaboration with psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and allied health professionals.

Our inpatient and outpatient programs are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for depression.

CBT helps to change how we think and how our thoughts affect the way we react emotionally and behaviourally.

Topics covered as part of the program may include:

  • understanding the nature and causes of depression
  • dealing with lack of motivation and lethargy 
  • how a balanced lifestyle can affect positive change
  • an introduction to mindfulness
  • how to recognise patterns of thinking and challenging negative thinking
  • how depression affects self-worth and leads to self-blame or feelings of guilt
  • developing awareness of core beliefs and challenging these effectively
  • relapse prevention.

Benefits of treatment for depression

  • A better understanding of depression.
  • Strategies to help you manage low moods and lack of motivation.
  • Developing an understanding of negative thinking patterns and how these can affect your behaviour.
  • Relapse prevention and how to manage your depression effectively.

These benefits depend on your particular circumstances and require your full participation. You should consult a specialist in this area before deciding whether treatment is suitable for you.

Access to programs

We provide group programs for major depressive disorders and bipolar disorders for inpatients and outpatients. Your referring doctor will refer you to the program that best suits your needs.

Additional treatment

We also offer electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy for depression. These treatments are offered to inpatients as part of a wider treatment plan. You should consult with your Psychiatrist to discuss these options.

We also offer anxiety treatment through our Community Mental Health Service. Specialised community mental health nurses work with you in your home to support you on your road to recovery.

If you are thinking about suicide or experiencing a crisis, help is available. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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