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Sophie_M Welcome to the BB Social Zone - guidelines for posting in this section
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Hi everyone, This section of the forum is a little different to the others, as you may have noticed in looking around the threads. Elsewhere on the forums, we discuss some pretty heavy topics: mental health issues, thoughts of suicide, trauma, abuse,... View more

Hi everyone, This section of the forum is a little different to the others, as you may have noticed in looking around the threads. Elsewhere on the forums, we discuss some pretty heavy topics: mental health issues, thoughts of suicide, trauma, abuse, relationship breakdowns. Here is the place to come to get away from that and have a bit of fun. Distraction can be an important tool to draw on if you're finding yourself overwhelmed by distressing thoughts and feelings. As this is a section for respite from difficult topics, we will remove posts made in this section that attempt to discuss personal issues. Please use a support thread in the appropriate section for these discussions. Happy posting!

Kazzl The BB cafe
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The BB cafe is open for business! Welcome all to a new chill and chat place for everyone on the forum. The BB cafe is whatever you want it to be. There are comfy sofas, tables and chairs, coffee machines, a kitchen stocked with everything. There's a ... View more

The BB cafe is open for business! Welcome all to a new chill and chat place for everyone on the forum. The BB cafe is whatever you want it to be. There are comfy sofas, tables and chairs, coffee machines, a kitchen stocked with everything. There's a pool outside, a bbq area, an annexe with comfy beds for a quiet sleep, tv, dvd, books and whatever else you would like to have here. Most of all, it's a place to meet friends and fellow travellers for a bit of company. Talk over problems, tell jokes, share your day, escape into a world of your making. Grab a coffee and pull up a chair ... So, with a nod to the wonderful Carole King (Hard Rock Cafe) ... Now if you're feeling just a little bit lonely Don't sit at home just mopin' Come on down to where the friendship flows freely You know the door is always open At the BB cafe Come to the BB cafe They will help keep your blues at bay At the BB cafe Important Message from ModSupport: The main intention of the BB Cafe is to encourage light conversation. Please look after your fellow community members by nuturing the BB Cafe as a place to escape some of the more pressing issues in life and save those conversations for personal threads.

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Durras Good Bye For Now
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Good morning all, hope everyone had a good sleep. I woke up at three but that isn't unusual for me as I do every morning. I have to be asleep by 7.30 or I am thee most grumpiest person to be around. I get frustrated quickly, agitated and easily start... View more

Good morning all, hope everyone had a good sleep. I woke up at three but that isn't unusual for me as I do every morning. I have to be asleep by 7.30 or I am thee most grumpiest person to be around. I get frustrated quickly, agitated and easily start spitting tacks. I try to read but nothing sinks in with what I am reading. Well this is something I will discuss with my psychologist, I have my first appointment on 3rd Feb. Anyway as some of you may know I am leaving Saturday for NZ but today maybe my last day here until I get back or until after Australia day. I want to leave you with some lyrics from a song I absolutely love, any Italians on here my recoknise it as it is from Eros Ramazzotti, I call him my rough diamond. If I wasn't married I know where I would love to be (dreaming, fantasising) well hey these things we all have I am sure. Well here it is IT'S NOT POSSIBLE TO HEAL FROM THE ILLNESS OF LIVING. IF ONLY YOU KNEW HOW REAL THIS THING HERE IS AND IF IT MAKES YOU SUFFER A LITTLE PUNISH IT BY LIVING IT, ITS THE ONLY WAY TO SURPRISE IT LIKE THIS. CLING TO THIS MOMMENT AND HOLD IT TIGHTLY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AND DONT EVER LET GO OF YOUR PREY. INSIDE THERES ALL THE EMOTION YOU EXPECT FROM LIVING YOUR LIFE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN NEVER LET GO Your all such beautiful people and I cherish all of you, I love reading your posts, threads and feel very blessed to have met you all. I hope while I am away you may take some of this into your hearts, hold it and don't let it go as we are all living to live our lives the as much as we can. Focus on all the beauty within and what we have with each other this will help us conquer and punish our darkest moments and days. Well I must go, my love to you all with big hugs Durras X

Scotchfinger The Bunnings Warehouse Replay
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Anyone watching the T20 Big Bash Cricket? Been some excellent games the last few nights. Tait bowled so well last night for the Hurricanes. You know this game is made for batsman. I'd hate to be a bowler. Most get smashed all over the park, even the ... View more

Anyone watching the T20 Big Bash Cricket? Been some excellent games the last few nights. Tait bowled so well last night for the Hurricanes. You know this game is made for batsman. I'd hate to be a bowler. Most get smashed all over the park, even the good ones. maybe some boundaries are too short. The one on Adelaide oval for example?

Guest_2350 Merry Christmas!
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I would like to wish everyone on the Forums and at Beyondblue a Merry Christmas! My wish this year is that all of us have at least a few nice hours where we feel relaxed and connected to everyone around us. I wish that we can accept ourselves and the... View more

I would like to wish everyone on the Forums and at Beyondblue a Merry Christmas! My wish this year is that all of us have at least a few nice hours where we feel relaxed and connected to everyone around us. I wish that we can accept ourselves and the black dog a little better and that the new year will see us coping a little better than the years past. Stay safe and hope you have a nice time! Merry Christmas, Yggy x

cndy What would you do to change Australia's Future?
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What are your thoughts and feelings of where the Australian Future is heading, and what would you do as both individuals and groups help change that Future for the better.

What are your thoughts and feelings of where the Australian Future is heading, and what would you do as both individuals and groups help change that Future for the better.

Paul If you're a footy fan, what is there to look forward to now that the season is over?
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It seems lots of people are very emotionally invested in football (either code) because of the excitement, passion and sense of belonging. If you're a footy fan, how do you feel about the end of the season and what will you do now? Paul

It seems lots of people are very emotionally invested in football (either code) because of the excitement, passion and sense of belonging. If you're a footy fan, how do you feel about the end of the season and what will you do now? Paul

TheRock THANK YOU! I found my Passion
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So I have put up post before relating to my current partner and how to help him. But I want to post a good news story... I have been struggling since graduating high school in 2007 to find a career that I am truly passionate about. So guess what.. I ... View more

So I have put up post before relating to my current partner and how to help him. But I want to post a good news story... I have been struggling since graduating high school in 2007 to find a career that I am truly passionate about. So guess what.. I did! It was staring at me straight in the face this whole time... Mental Illness. Well I am currently studying a double diploma in counselling and community services so that I can help other people who have no where to turn. I am so excited that I can give back to the community that has helped me! I want to be a part of beyond blue eventually because they have helped me in so many ways! This was really just a Thank You to everyone who has helped

gibby3794 who enjoys a bit of shopping every now n then?
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i personally do not buy much for myself and really needed a new pair of shoes as my air force 1's which ive had for over a year (my friend gave them to me after having them for about 3 years) so i brought a new pair of them today ($135) a new pair of... View more

i personally do not buy much for myself and really needed a new pair of shoes as my air force 1's which ive had for over a year (my friend gave them to me after having them for about 3 years) so i brought a new pair of them today ($135) a new pair of gym shoes (on special for $25) two pairs of thongs for $3.50 each and some socks and undies (cant remember how much hahah, as i said its been ages since ive brought anything for myself so decided to actually do that for once (all stuff was needed not just a want lol) but now that i actually have them im really glad i do as the shoes are both heaps more comfortable then the last pairs i had and now i dont have to put shoes on just to go to the corner shop, im thinking next fortnight i might go buy some more shorts as most of mine have gone missing and i might buy a new pair of jeans as well

white knight A moral dilemma
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This is a problem I have, unless the majority have and I don't. I'll explain. Say, you own a vintage car. Your situation is that your restored it prior to retiring early and going on a disability pension. Its you and your wife's hobby to drive every ... View more

This is a problem I have, unless the majority have and I don't. I'll explain. Say, you own a vintage car. Your situation is that your restored it prior to retiring early and going on a disability pension. Its you and your wife's hobby to drive every so often on a club run to a café or a camping group. This 'luxury' has costs, registration, repairs, insurance. You own a modest home with a small mortgage. Another vintage car owner heads off alone for a trip to inland Australia. They hit a kangaroo and their car is a write off. Both the owner and his girlfriend are severely injured but will make a full recovery. They are in their early 70's. 7 years ago the owner heavily modified his car and needed an engineers certificate from an approved engineer to hand into the Govt authority so registration changes could be made and the car legally be able to be driven on the roads. But this inconvenience was not pursued. Instead the owner said to others "I'll take my chances". Subsequently no comprehensive insurance was obtained either. And in the event of an accident no TAC health cover is likely available. The owner post accident needed an air ambulance from the country to the city. So loss of the uninsured vehicle, health costs, ambulance costs - we are talking serious money. The owner owns outright a home in inner city worth around 1.5 million dollars. The car club immediately commences a "pass the hat around" fund drive so the owner can cover costs including repairing/replacing his vehicle. In anger I reply to the Facebook site, first I express hope that they recover. Then I express to others why I do not believe it is right that such fund be commenced on the moral of the above. That he could sell his home and buy his own new vintage car moral by moving out of the city a couple of suburbs. That some on pensions had to acquire such certificates at great cost and insurance on vintage cars was expensive. The owner had taken the risk and dropped his own responsibilities. There were two types of member of the club. Those that agreed with me (in the minority) and those that didn't care the issues and just wanted to collect money. The latter believes that the like of myself to be lacking compassion. My reply to that is that it isn't about compassion. Such a dilemma has had some fallout causing me some depression and anger. Similar situations are when houses are burned in bushfires. Being torn as to what is right can be confusing. Tony WK

Doolhof Mother's Day 2015
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Hi everyone. Mother's Day can mean so many things to different people. I am wondering how you all think about Mother's Day? Do you have a close relationship with your Mum, Nana, Grandma, Mother in law, Aunty or a lady in your life who is like a Mothe... View more

Hi everyone. Mother's Day can mean so many things to different people. I am wondering how you all think about Mother's Day? Do you have a close relationship with your Mum, Nana, Grandma, Mother in law, Aunty or a lady in your life who is like a Mother to you? If you are a Mum, how do you feel about that role in your life? If you have never been a Mum due to choice or circumstances, how does that make you feel? For me, Mother's Day can be a sad and lonely time, and at the same time I can celebrate with my Mum and my Mother in law. Am I a Mum? Yes and no. I have been pregnant 5 times but have no live children. I have a Mum whom I try so hard to love and care for but who also has mental health issues so the relationship is often strained and hard to live with at times. It seems often that Mum is not aware of how much pain she causes people. But she is still my Mum. So are you looking forward to Mother's Day or are you dreading it? If it is the latter, then try to come up with things you can do now to ensure you do not feel too much sadness, regret, misery and pain on Mother's Day. We will be catching up with my Mother in law this year and I will phone my Mum as she lives too far away for me to visit unless I stay over night. I will be thinking of my babies with lots of love and may mark the day with flowers for myself, or I may light some candles. I will leave this for now and see what replies I receive. Cheerio for now, from Mrs. Dools, Lauren