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Sophie_M Meet your community champions!
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Hi everyone, We wanted to share with you the way that our wonderful Community Champions are here to support you. You may have noticed that a few of our Forums members are labelled ‘Community Champion’. Community Champions are volunteers within the Be... View more

Hi everyone, We wanted to share with you the way that our wonderful Community Champions are here to support you. You may have noticed that a few of our Forums members are labelled ‘Community Champion’. Community Champions are volunteers within the Beyond Blue Forums who: have the time, skills and empathy to support other members regularly; help to welcome new members; are actively engaged members that help set the tone of our community. Our Community Champions are regular contributors to many conversations across the forums. They are a consistent and friendly voice that have committed to sharing their experience and expertise with this community. They are not health care professionals or clinicians. Like you, they have an experience with a mental health challenge or diagnosis – either for themselves or someone they care for. This forum is for people who understand what it feels like and have a lived and living experience of mental health challenges. Our Community Champions help everyone feel comfortable and confident by demonstrating what excellent peer support is all about. Click here to find out more about how you can become a Community Champion! This incredible team are excited to introduce themselves below, and we are sure you’ll see them around the forums in conversations important to you.

Aaronsis HELP..Am I posting in the right section?
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Welcome to those who are considering posting for the very first time, welcome. Thought I would repost part of the words that Chris B posted awhile ago, (2014) as I can hear that people are unsure if they are posting in the right section or worried th... View more

Welcome to those who are considering posting for the very first time, welcome. Thought I would repost part of the words that Chris B posted awhile ago, (2014) as I can hear that people are unsure if they are posting in the right section or worried that they are posting "the wrong thing". 1.A good title makes the difference Just like a headline in a newspaper, when scanning the dozens of threads to click into, it’s only natural that people will choose the ones that resonate with them most. A title that entices the reader, or asks a question, is likely to get a better result than something non-descriptive like “Depression” or “I don't know what to do”. If you think you’re not good at choosing titles, leave it till last. Spend time writing your post, then perhaps choose a sentence from what you’ve written as the title. 2.Join in threads that have already been posted We all have our own unique stories, but part of the reason for joining a forum like this one is because you know that you will have a lot in common with others who are posting. Before starting a new thread, have a look through the current topics being discussed and see if there’s a conversation you can join in with. It can be quite common to have a handful of very similar threads happening at any one time, with members seemingly unaware that there are others right there who are going through the same thing. Talking to other members on their threads is a great way of getting yourself known so that when you post a thread of your own, people may respond quicker because they recognize your name. 3.Choose the most appropriate section for your post Many people browse the forums looking for stories specifically to do with pregnancy and parenting, employment, grief, loss, separation etc. Going straight for the “Depression” section may seem like the easiest option, but this section is often the busiest, so your post is more likely to get lost among the threads. Making good use of the different forum sections not only helps keep the forum relevant, but you’re more likely to find others who are going through the same experiences as you. Also, if you're wanting to discuss issues of trauma, abuse, suicidal thoughts or self-harm, it's really important you post in the designated section to avoid triggering others who may not wish to read about these topics. Mostly..just come and chat, we are here for you. Our amazing wizards in the background will see your message ends up in the right spot. Sarah

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Angela25 Newbie at large
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I am very new to post on a forum. I haven’t done it before. For the first time in my life I am struggling with really bad anxiety and depression. Last year I was diagnosed with cancer. Had an operation to remove it and everything was looking good. Th... View more

I am very new to post on a forum. I haven’t done it before. For the first time in my life I am struggling with really bad anxiety and depression. Last year I was diagnosed with cancer. Had an operation to remove it and everything was looking good. Then in March my Lymph nodes popped up and I’ve been under diagnostic tests since then to see if I have Lymphoma. One specialist says yes and one says no! With my first cancer diagnosis they said no initially as well. Then it turn out to be cancer. The stress is literally changing who I am as a person. I no longer find joy in all the things I used to, reading, sewing, playing computer games, writing. I feel so scared and drained of energy all the time. I’ve seen my GP and we have some medication in the works and I start one on one counselling in a couple of days. But I just want to wake up and be me again.

em996 hi I’m new and seeking advise
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Hi everyone! My names emily I suffer with fairly bad Anxiety and recently have just felt flat, I feel for my age my anxiety shouldn’t be this bad. I take antidepressants to help manage it but I am looking for some natural remedies or things to help m... View more

Hi everyone! My names emily I suffer with fairly bad Anxiety and recently have just felt flat, I feel for my age my anxiety shouldn’t be this bad. I take antidepressants to help manage it but I am looking for some natural remedies or things to help my anxiety.Thankyou and I hope everyone is having a good day

Gizz_36 Hi I'm new
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Feeling stressed out just went to the doctor and she said Iam going through depression I also have no self esteem I don't have many friends the friends I had were nasty backstabbers or the thought they were better than me so I hope I can make some ne... View more

Feeling stressed out just went to the doctor and she said Iam going through depression I also have no self esteem I don't have many friends the friends I had were nasty backstabbers or the thought they were better than me so I hope I can make some new friends here and start to enjoy my life and I live alone I feel so alone you know I feel horrible but people say man up but sometimes life is overwhelming thanks for listening

Mustang87 Lost any ideas?
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Hi this is my first time posting I don’t know what to really say The last 2months I have noticed myself slipping away from things I totally enjoy things that once made me happy I have been diagnosed with depression/anxiety which I have struggled with... View more

Hi this is my first time posting I don’t know what to really say The last 2months I have noticed myself slipping away from things I totally enjoy things that once made me happy I have been diagnosed with depression/anxiety which I have struggled with for years my sex life has taken a turn for the worst my partner thinks it’s her fault which is far from it she has been so supportive and amazing to me my work life is taking a major hit as well I can’t stand been in my job it brings me so much discomfort and makes me more anxious then I already am there any ideas how to slowly bring myself back from the dark to where I once was the happy bubbly person ??

Christineh Looking for some advice.
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Hi, my name is Christine, I have been suffering with depression and anxiety since April this year. I also suffer from panic attacks . I am taking medication and seeing a psychologist. When I have to leave the house I suffer with anxiety diarrhea. Thi... View more

Hi, my name is Christine, I have been suffering with depression and anxiety since April this year. I also suffer from panic attacks . I am taking medication and seeing a psychologist. When I have to leave the house I suffer with anxiety diarrhea. This has become very debilitating. I am wondering if anyone else suffers from this condition and what Strategies they use to stop it from happening.

Timmy1 first timer
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Hi all , this is my first time posting and dealing with anxiety / depression , I don't know why but since I began this journey I found typing / talking does help. like most I am curious as to thoughts and how it all works / tips on how other people c... View more

Hi all , this is my first time posting and dealing with anxiety / depression , I don't know why but since I began this journey I found typing / talking does help. like most I am curious as to thoughts and how it all works / tips on how other people cope , the more info I receive the more comfortable I am with my condition. Compared to where I was 2 months ago I consider myself lucky if not through good support from family / websites / the mindspot online course / doctors / meds / phycologist and hard work , I have sucombe to the fact its a long journey and there may be some ups and downs but believe I am ready if not for me but my wife and two girls. best of luck to you all.

DDee Lost & Feeling Helpless
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Hi, I'm new to BB , I am a recovering Alcoholic. I have lost my family & myself completely. I'm on shaky ground and just need some advice, support & encouragement. I've suffered with an Anxiety Disorder for as long as I can remember. I have been forc... View more

Hi, I'm new to BB , I am a recovering Alcoholic. I have lost my family & myself completely. I'm on shaky ground and just need some advice, support & encouragement. I've suffered with an Anxiety Disorder for as long as I can remember. I have been forced to leave my husband & two children & am now living with my parents who are caring for me while I learn to walk again.....it's terrifying. I've hit Rock Bottom many times, and been in & out of Rehab, this time it's cost me my family. I am tired of the emotional pain & struggling to cope but I think about the girls and know that I am loved by too many people to give up. I have to find a way out of the darkness...yet again. I have done it before & I'll do it again & I truly hope this pain can serve a useful purpose eventually. Dee

wakewoke Hello
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Hello, Im new here. Would like to talk about my own issues and such, maybe get advice on life and living for my issues.

Hello, Im new here. Would like to talk about my own issues and such, maybe get advice on life and living for my issues.

Sharon_S Hello :)
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Hi everyone, This is my first post. I have never used a forum before so I am a bit nervous about it, not really sure where to begin but I know I am doing a good thing for my mental health. I cannot get into a psychologist at the current time. I am ho... View more

Hi everyone, This is my first post. I have never used a forum before so I am a bit nervous about it, not really sure where to begin but I know I am doing a good thing for my mental health. I cannot get into a psychologist at the current time. I am hoping I can get some advice to help me feel less empty/alone also some tips on how to work through low self esteem and Social Anxiety. I also hope I can help people along the way as well Thank you

Alex_M ~ I’m new ~
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I’ve only decided to join these forums because I realised that my mental health has been rapidly declining, and I thought it was a good idea to hear everyone else’s stories/situations. I’ve been suffering from untreated depression and anxiety for abo... View more

I’ve only decided to join these forums because I realised that my mental health has been rapidly declining, and I thought it was a good idea to hear everyone else’s stories/situations. I’ve been suffering from untreated depression and anxiety for about 3 years, and undiagnosed bipolar for 2 years. This past year my grades have been dropping for no know reason and my friends seem to not like me as much as they used to, I’ve been putting off going to a doctor because I didn’t know how I would explain it to my family but I’ve decided it’s time to face my fears and go to a professional about what’s going on currently. If anyone has any advice it would really help right now