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Content Ramped Up On Depression Website

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Content Ramped Up On Depression Website

Wellington, April 15 NZPA - A personalised self-help programme and video clips are some of the new material on the Ministry of Health website

The new website includes video clips from New Zealanders who talk about what worked for them in dealing with depression, and also a self-help programme.

Depression was a leading, preventable cause of death by suicide and of disability, National Depression Initiative (NDI) spokeswoman Candace Bagnall said.

The website was part of the NDI, which was a campaign funded by the Ministry of Health.

"The launch of this website is very timely, with so many New Zealanders worried about the recession and how it will affect them.

"It will help them get through tough times by providing practical strategies and helpful information," Ms Bagnall said.

The new website would also help people find the right professional help if they needed it.

Ex-All Black John Kirwan who was an integral part of featured on the website and would be fronting the online self-help programme, which was planned to go live later this year, Ms Bagnall said.

The personalised, leading-edge self-help programme took users through a step-by-step programme which would assist in their journey to recovery, she said.

The website had a specially designed structure and format created to be user-friendly for people experiencing depression.

Chair of the NDI advisory group, Auckland University professor of general practice Bruce Arroll, said these days many people were finding help and support for their mental health problems online.

"While this is not a substitute for people with severe depression, who need to seek professional help, it is proving to be very helpful for people in recovery, and those with milder forms of depression and anxiety," Dr Arroll said.

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