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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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Andrew-1972 Ode to Persistence.
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ODE TO PERSISTENCE Can you hear it in the distance?Past the willows and the treesThrough the rain and misty valleysOn the tide of aqua seas?Like a camel in the desert,You go searching for a drink,But that shimmer’s just a glimmer...Into dust, your ho... View more

ODE TO PERSISTENCE Can you hear it in the distance?Past the willows and the treesThrough the rain and misty valleysOn the tide of aqua seas?Like a camel in the desert,You go searching for a drink,But that shimmer’s just a glimmer...Into dust, your hopes do sink.Still, you climb that lofty mountain,Up amongst the rocky cropsYour legs are tired and weary,And the struggle never stops.Then you float along the oceanLife-raft bursting at the seams.But the drifting lasts forever,And it never meets your dreams. How much longer can you take it?Will you ever find the key?Your internal voice reminds you,There’s a place you need to be.You try and make your own luck,As the time keeps ticking by,Because you know your dream is worthySo, you give it one more try!With a soul in search of wisdomYou’re committed to the truth,And soon you start to realise...That all you need is proof!Like a dancer chasing answers –waltzing proudly down the roadThen you ask yourself the question -What's the moral of this ode?And a light comes shining brightlyAs it’s whispered in your ear -Keep on pushing forward friend...Success is very near.

blondguy NEW YEARS EVE..ARE YOU HAVING A QUIET OR BUSY ONE?
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Hi Everyone! How will you be spending your time this Christmas and/or New Years Eve? With family...friends..relatives....partner? If you are spending this festive season alone...your thoughts are just as valued and appreciated! Readers of the forums ... View more

Hi Everyone! How will you be spending your time this Christmas and/or New Years Eve? With family...friends..relatives....partner? If you are spending this festive season alone...your thoughts are just as valued and appreciated! Readers of the forums can post too! Joining the Beyond Blue forums is easy and your thoughts are very welcome my kindest wishes for the season Paul

Ggrand Middle, mature, elderly aged person...lonely & living alone...Needing someone to talk to?..Let’s be here for each other.
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Hello Everyone..... have noticed that a lot of mature aged and elderly people are living alone and overwhelmed by loneliness...I though I would make this thread to give and receive support to each other as well as a place where we could also chat abo... View more

Hello Everyone..... have noticed that a lot of mature aged and elderly people are living alone and overwhelmed by loneliness...I though I would make this thread to give and receive support to each other as well as a place where we could also chat about any thing you want to chat about...so we can all get to know each other...Life’s not as lonely with others to talk to....forum friends can be a big help for us in not feeling so alone... Share some tips, exercise, gardening, favourite meals, recipes, books your reading, hobbies, what you like doing.....pets and their impact they have in your life....anything at all you feel that would help other people struggle with living alone....and loneliness.. I have a volunteer day..one day a week, which gets me outside of my home and into a different atmosphere where I can talk to the other volunteers and sometimes even customers, when I venture into the shop...Do you volunteer yourself somewhere... I have 2 little Maltese x Yorkshire..that are my companions, they help me to get out of bed each morning to care for them....when really all I want to do is stay in bed..... Please feel free to talk about what your interests are or how your traveling right now.. Looking forward to getting to know you... Grandy..

geoff Beyond Blue Home Improvement Thread
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Hi everyone. I'm Geoff and have been a dedicated Volunteer on the forums for 13 years. I am proud to have stopped some of the stigmas that are associated with mental health as well as doing my best to help others too Before my health went south I was... View more

Hi everyone. I'm Geoff and have been a dedicated Volunteer on the forums for 13 years. I am proud to have stopped some of the stigmas that are associated with mental health as well as doing my best to help others too Before my health went south I was a builder in all aspects of home construction and renovation. If you don't have a handyman around I hope I can offer you some tips that may be of help. I have had many years of experience in home renovation and will do my best to help you out if you are stuck and need some advice I hope my experience may be of help to the people on Beyond Blue and make their life a little bit better. Even if you need help with the most basic painting job or putting up a shelf I can help there too with some tips I will do my best to get back to anyone that has a question when I can as this is social yet important thread Geoff

Mr Ploppy Last to post wins
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This worked quite well on another forum site. It may float or sink on this one. We'll find out. Don't ask what you will win being the last to post, it will be something useless. But have a go anyway. I'm last to post so far. Am I a winner? View more

This worked quite well on another forum site. It may float or sink on this one. We'll find out. Don't ask what you will win being the last to post, it will be something useless. But have a go anyway. I'm last to post so far. Am I a winner?

Mumof291 Breaking the cycle
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So my whole life has been depression and anxiety. Since I was a child I've been surrounded by it. Parents,grandparents,aunty's, uncles my siblings and then the last 15 years I've been fighting my own battle. But when I hit 30 2 years ago my battle be... View more

So my whole life has been depression and anxiety. Since I was a child I've been surrounded by it. Parents,grandparents,aunty's, uncles my siblings and then the last 15 years I've been fighting my own battle. But when I hit 30 2 years ago my battle became a full on war. Seeing my 8 year old suffer anxiety and procrastination is breaking my heart. So I finally have a goal in life and that is to fix myself so I can "break the cycle" because I feel that everything I say and do influences my children and I can't let it keep going for their sake. Probably sound ridiculous but I'm going to try

car10001 need someone to talk to but am ok
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hi needing someone to talk to many of you probably are and have gone through what am going through below. was wondering how youd get a chance to tow caravans if you dont own one yet and wont for a while because of storage problems and wanting a old c... View more

hi needing someone to talk to many of you probably are and have gone through what am going through below. was wondering how youd get a chance to tow caravans if you dont own one yet and wont for a while because of storage problems and wanting a old car soon as possible.am 36 as some of you may know by now (born in 1987) and only had one chance which was in august 2008 which is about 15 years ago and havent had a chance since and just want chance but car needs work.only family that have caravans that you can ask have bigger ones not rated for car to tow and like the car that have got and cant afford another just yet.car that have got now is probably capable of towing older or smaller caravans around 1500kg (with current tow bar) but it needs work, it needs new suspension bushes and shockers and needs the diff bushes done and thinking itll need a new power steering pump oneday and just the standard maintenance items that are due on a car with nearly 300,000km on clock and fixing it all when able to is only option currently.car that have got now is still good car always starts first go just needs a few jobs done and because of wanting old car soon as the van got to wait.would a furniture trailer be closest youll get to caravan if you hired a furniture trailer for a couple hours to just drive around and would people you know think youre moving out when its not true if they saw you driving around with it. a uncle is going in for cancer treatment and hes only one to think of that could give you a chance. the father might not be the one even though his caravan would probably be only one that the ford can tow. what would you do for now until you can get space big enough to store vans and also your own space. these days there isnt much different in cost between renting if you can find something and buying and with buying you can do what you want to place where as renting you're limited and why spend all that money in rent to not be able to do what you want. also can't yet afford another car with more towing capacity and keeping the ford going longer is the only option at moment. how do you get the money without doing the dodgy things your mothers medical practitioner in adelaide did. thanks

kevvv Finding friends and dates in person
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Where does one go to socialise, meet friends or maybe that special someone if I am non club scene and not a fan of dating apps, I find that the people on them only are really looking for hook ups, anyone have any suggestions for me? Needing companion... View more

Where does one go to socialise, meet friends or maybe that special someone if I am non club scene and not a fan of dating apps, I find that the people on them only are really looking for hook ups, anyone have any suggestions for me? Needing companionship. There surely has to be more than the club scene and hook up apps right?!

randomxx What do you think about following the heart in life and decisions?
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Something l've seriously wondered about my whole life.Personally l've usually used both through life in making decisions like the obvious logic and trying to be smart in choices but the heart too whenever possible.Some have been right and some have b... View more

Something l've seriously wondered about my whole life.Personally l've usually used both through life in making decisions like the obvious logic and trying to be smart in choices but the heart too whenever possible.Some have been right and some have been wrong.Some have lead to good things and eventual happiness in that instance but others, not so much or not at all.l mean life has many decisions and choices that need to be made doesn't it. Some of them will be life changing , some of them just day to day stuff and everything in between. But l've always wondered if it could just be as simple as which one will make us and our loved ones if they're involved in it too ,happy ?lf any decision we need to make can be cut back to as simply , which one will make us happy , which one does the heart prefer ? Any thoughts, experiences, examples ?rx

TBR First day on here and one step forward
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Hi everyone, I'm TBR this idea of BB was given to me as a good step forward and after many thoughts and self-doubt about this, thought I'd give it a go to see where it leads and what I can give and get from these forums. The more tests I take about m... View more

Hi everyone, I'm TBR this idea of BB was given to me as a good step forward and after many thoughts and self-doubt about this, thought I'd give it a go to see where it leads and what I can give and get from these forums. The more tests I take about mental health the results all seem to point that some kind of help is required. I've already read some of your posts so know I'm not alone or a one off with how I feel. Have talked to a few professionals about my situation and they're supportive but until the situation is resolved I feel I'm on a one way street of depression and confusion as to what the future holds. Losing my job due to injury and all the consequences that can arise out of that is at times overwhelming. Hopefully once I learn how to use these forums, just chatting to likeminded people in a similar situation may help.