Subscribe to News
News  |  Governance

"DepressioNet" Forced to Close Its Doors

Thursday, 11th March 2010 at 1:58 pm
Staff Reporter
EXCLUSIVE | The Australian internet-based depression service, DepressioNet has been forced to close its doors due to legal proceedings against it.

Thursday, 11th March 2010
at 1:58 pm
Staff Reporter



"DepressioNet" Forced to Close Its Doors
Thursday, 11th March 2010 at 1:58 pm

DepressioNet, an online resource for people living with depression, was been forced to close its doors on Tuesday due to the perceived costly implications of legal action being taken against the Not for Profit.

DepressioNet sent out a notice to all its supporters on Thursday (11/03) saying the organisation had been placed into Voluntary Administration due to legal proceedings.

It says the administrators, chartered accountants PKF, had spent the previous 24 hours trying to negotiate with the claimant but they were unsuccessful forcing DepressioNet to close its doors.

The organisation says although it was in a strong financial position it has an ethical commitment and responsibility to all its donors that all funds donated are used solely to benefit people impacted by depression across Australia.

DepressioNet says it will not use these funds to pay out a claimant or future legal fees and that is the reason for the closure. As well all recurring donations have been cancelled.

DepressioNet CEO, Terry Houguet-Pincham told friends and colleagues on the social networking site, Facebook that he was incredibly sad the organisation has closed. He lamented that he was unemployed and looking for a new job.

A spokesperson for PKF said she could not give any details about the legal action and that as administrators they would be in contact with any creditors in the near future.

The DepressioNet website and 24 hour service was created in June 2000 to provide a comprehensive resource place for people living with depression to come for all their information, help and support needs. Within 6 months, and without any active promotion, the DepressioNet website became the most visited Australian Health & Medical information website.

It was designed to fill a vital need for people with depression to be able to communicate anonymously with others who know first hand the challenges of depression. 

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at

Tags : DepressioNet,


Get more stories like this


One Comment

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


DepressioNet Revival

Staff Reporter

Thursday, 25th March 2010 at 3:58 pm

Sacked DepressioNet Employees Urged to Join Creditors Meeting

Staff Reporter

Thursday, 18th March 2010 at 3:58 pm


The NDIS needs a new plan

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 at 8:15 am

The scrapping of the Sickness Allowance is making welfare recipients anxious

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 11th December 2019 at 4:47 pm

Responsible super funds come out on top

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 9th December 2019 at 5:12 pm

Subscribe to News
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!