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Chris_B Forums etiquette: give support to receive support
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Hi everyone, particularly any new members who may be reading. From time to time, we get contacted by members who are unhappy that they haven’t received a lot of replies to their posts. Our community champions work very hard to make sure that all newb... View more

Hi everyone, particularly any new members who may be reading. From time to time, we get contacted by members who are unhappy that they haven’t received a lot of replies to their posts. Our community champions work very hard to make sure that all newbies are welcomed when they first post, and we understand that it’s a big step to post for the first time on a forum like this, especially if you aren’t feeling great. It’s important to remember, though, that these forums are a community of real people, just like you, not a one-on-one support environment like going to see your psychologist. To get the best out of being here, one of the best tips we can offer is give support to receive support. Being a good community member means: participating in different threads (not just your own), replying to people who have taken the time to reply to you (even if it’s just to say thank you), and... posting words of emotional support and encouragement when you see others who are hurting and reaching out. You don’t have to feel obliged to solve the problems of others: that’s not what we’re here for. But you can offer empathy and what you’ve learned from your own life experiences, even if it’s just a line or two, eg. “I don't know what to say, but I want to give you my support and tell you I care about what is happening to you and hope life will get better soon.” Try to develop an interest in the journeys of others here on the forums. You may be surprised at how good being an active, caring member here can make you feel. For those of you who have had good experiences giving support here on the forums, please post in this thread here and let us know how it has helped you on your journey.

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Mail Anxiety
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 Dealing with anxiety and life struggle 

 Dealing with anxiety and life struggle 

MelissaG50 Being held back by Fear of Failure.
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I am a 52 year old woman with 3 teenage children. I have always wanted to be a good example for them when I could. I haven't worked since 2001 after 3 nervous breakdowns over 10 years. After all my children were born I attempted to do a bachelor in p... View more

I am a 52 year old woman with 3 teenage children. I have always wanted to be a good example for them when I could. I haven't worked since 2001 after 3 nervous breakdowns over 10 years. After all my children were born I attempted to do a bachelor in primary school teaching startingand finished in 2011, but we had an emergency foster placement with special needs and I couldn't continue. I attempted again to reskill and in 2017 started Nail Tech Cert III. 3 weeks into the course I lost my mum. Truly devastating, my best friend and confidant. I completed and received my Certificate, but I have been truly crushed, my grief overwhelmed me and made me, can only think of the word terrified. I have convinced myself that I am not good enough and that I have to do the training again, in essence I need a qualified nail technician teacher to pass me all over again. But I can't afford to pay for it all over again. I don't know where to go or what to do. Please help someone, somewhere and somehow. Melissa

GypsyAvalon WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE?
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My greatest challenge is having the fear of not being able to cope with the day and getting so sick again, that I need to go back into a clinic. I suffered traumatic experiences whilst I was at the clinics and have to really work hard on being in the... View more

My greatest challenge is having the fear of not being able to cope with the day and getting so sick again, that I need to go back into a clinic. I suffered traumatic experiences whilst I was at the clinics and have to really work hard on being in the here and now and acknowledging how far I have actually come on my recovery journey.What are your greatest challenges? Blessed Be

GypsyAvalon WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 5 YEARS FROM NOW?
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Working on plans can be a great therapy tool to promote hope and having a path you wish to walk. My plan is working towards stable mental health and having a better quality of life than I have now. This does include me taking everything one day at a ... View more

Working on plans can be a great therapy tool to promote hope and having a path you wish to walk. My plan is working towards stable mental health and having a better quality of life than I have now. This does include me taking everything one day at a time for the moment, but I am hopeful that when that time comes, I am feeling better about myself and quality of life. What do you think about planning for the foreseeable future? Blessed Be

Matilda99 Feeling out of place
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Hi,For background I suffer with really bad social anxiety and have never had friends or a social life. Recently i have been getting help and currently I’ve taken a dive in the deep end and started working at a ski resort which is about 16 hours away ... View more

Hi,For background I suffer with really bad social anxiety and have never had friends or a social life. Recently i have been getting help and currently I’ve taken a dive in the deep end and started working at a ski resort which is about 16 hours away from my home town. I am in a shared accommodation so I am wayyy out of my comfort zone. I have arrived and it’s day 2 and I absolutely hate it I feel like crying. I want to go home basically. I don’t feel like I fit in and keep thinking this isn’t me why did I do this. I can’t make friends which makes it harder and everyone else seems to have made at least one friend. Help.

GypsyAvalon FRIDAY WISDOM
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" Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love." 

" Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love." 

Bell 81 Anxiety is taking over
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I'm a bit lost at the moment. I suffer from anxiety and depression from my previous job. I thought changing jobs would help but my current job is no better. My manager is not supportive and boarder line bullies me. This has lead to my mental health s... View more

I'm a bit lost at the moment. I suffer from anxiety and depression from my previous job. I thought changing jobs would help but my current job is no better. My manager is not supportive and boarder line bullies me. This has lead to my mental health spiraling down. My parents are wanting me to quit my job and I do have some savings but I am concerned that I will never find another job again or it will look back on my resume. I'm at a lost as to what to do.

GypsyAvalon MUSIC AS A THERAPY
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Hello Everyone, I find that listening to music when I drive is very therapeutic. Just wondering if anyone else feels the same way. I'm not a huge listener of the radio but have digitalised my favourite music into different USB sticksand play them all... View more

Hello Everyone, I find that listening to music when I drive is very therapeutic. Just wondering if anyone else feels the same way. I'm not a huge listener of the radio but have digitalised my favourite music into different USB sticksand play them all the time. I have a Live Concert stick, Different bands stick and a 1970's to 2000 stick. The music has a calming effect and I couldn't imagine driving without it. It is up very loud and I sing very loud and don't mind other drivers seeing that.

teaBee It’s never fair
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At the moment I’m very unwell. I suffer from low iron and right now it’s probably the worst it’s ever been. But nobody cares. Everything is so exhausting and I feel dizzy and like passing out all the time. Sometimes I can’t stop shaking and I start b... View more

At the moment I’m very unwell. I suffer from low iron and right now it’s probably the worst it’s ever been. But nobody cares. Everything is so exhausting and I feel dizzy and like passing out all the time. Sometimes I can’t stop shaking and I start breathing heavy. I work full time and just doing that alone is so hard. But nobody cares. Everyone is still mad at me because I’m not doing good enough. I try and organise dinners I do all the grocery shopping. I do all the washing and I try and clean regularly. But it’s not good enough. Being sick is just and excuse apparently so nobody cares. I should just try harder. I’m so tired of everything but that’s not allowed. I just need to do better. I just need to fix everyone else’s problems while mine don’t matter. It’s not fair.

Sandym0 Sometimes Hearing Voices if triggered
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Mental Health and Psychiatric Ward Hi there. Recently I started to hear voices, for so many reasons. And I know how it started, but don't want to blame anyone. Apart from this I also have a addiction problem. For which I am already doing a program ca... View more

Mental Health and Psychiatric Ward Hi there. Recently I started to hear voices, for so many reasons. And I know how it started, but don't want to blame anyone. Apart from this I also have a addiction problem. For which I am already doing a program called Opioid Replacement Treatment. But because of hearing voices, I might have to go to hospital if needed. I am just worried at the moment, I am managing it with quite a okay. If I go into the hospital, and they lock me up in a seculsion ward and something. If I am having a episode, and they can't understand. Or they just do it, if I tell them. This is happening will they give me something to settle down. And not feeling the pain. As I said I have a physical pain in the body too, plus I am a upper limb amputee. What I can do in that kind of situation. I am very compliance person. I don't have a problem with following instructions. All I can bear is a pain. And as a public hospital they should have all my details. So they don't stop any of my medication. I am already taking. Because there are so many people upset with me. They just don't like me at all. And can I tell them what my triggers are so that, they can help me with that too. I actually did send a email to MHRT, for which people have already been so upset with me. Thanks