Do you want to help improve resources for people with depression and their family and friends?

Welcome to our research study to develop DepressionASSIST, a useful and easily accessible website specifically for family members, partners, and friends of adults with major depressive disorder.

What is DepressionASSIST?

Family and friends often look for high quality, practical information to help them better understand depression, and support someone they care about. The DepressionASSIST website was developed by researchers at Deakin University. The content is based on the latest research and the advice of family and friends, people with depression, and clinicians. This website includes information, suggestions, and training activities for family and friends about:

  • Major depressive disorder and how it can be treated and managed.

  • How to recognise depression and be supportive.

  • How to take care of yourself too and deal with the impact depression can have on your relationship and the family.

  • Resources for people with depression and their family and friends.

BUT before we make DepressionASSIST available to the public, we need feedback about the website from family and friends themselves. For more information or to register your interest click the purple button on the right.

Register your interest

Our ultimate aim is to benefit family, friends, and partners of those with depression.

Help by giving feedback

We are looking for people who are:

  • A family member, partner or close friend of an adult with major depressive disorder?

  • Aged 18 years or over?

  • Living in Australia?

If so, we invite you to help with this research by giving your views about the website and any suggestions for improvements.

To express your interest in helping with this research:

Access our expression of interest form here.

To find out more:

Contact us via phone (0456 755 552), email (, or using our contact form here.

The Depression Assist project has ethics approval and is being conducted in Australia at Deakin University in collaboration with Barwon Health, Dr Lesley Berk and her team. It is funded by an Australian Society for Bipolar and Depressive Disorders/Servier Foundation Depression Grant.

Together we can make sure DepressionASSIST is easy to use, engaging and helpful.