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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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R4R492 Anexity prisoner
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Loss of sleep due to fighting with my own mind, chest getting tight and them dreaded clammy hot and cold flushes. For what reason does this happen it attacks out of no where, unforgiving and sometimes unbreakable.

Loss of sleep due to fighting with my own mind, chest getting tight and them dreaded clammy hot and cold flushes. For what reason does this happen it attacks out of no where, unforgiving and sometimes unbreakable.

TheSimplifyGuy Mental health and cancer: my story
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Hi guys, For a good chunk of my life, I didn't realise I had mental health problems. Even after crippling panic attacks where I couldn't breathe, even after depressing times when I couldn't leave home, it took a while to understand my problems and st... View more

Hi guys, For a good chunk of my life, I didn't realise I had mental health problems. Even after crippling panic attacks where I couldn't breathe, even after depressing times when I couldn't leave home, it took a while to understand my problems and start to deal with it in a healthy way (without drinking etc) Having cancer didn't help things either (more on that later), but I'm very glad that what we're all going through right now is not swept under the carpet, and I don't feel ashamed, or broken, or helpless. Happy to be here with you.

MotherHen23 Intro :-
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Hi Im Em, Not feeling myself lately (well past 4-5 years) Just wanna talk to some people that might be feeling the same way

Hi Im Em, Not feeling myself lately (well past 4-5 years) Just wanna talk to some people that might be feeling the same way

Steven N First time online
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After 39years of working l took a voluntary redundancy package as I didn't like it there anymore, now Im at a loss as what to do with my life. Im single and live on my own, the last week has been so miserable for me and I've lost interest in the simp... View more

After 39years of working l took a voluntary redundancy package as I didn't like it there anymore, now Im at a loss as what to do with my life. Im single and live on my own, the last week has been so miserable for me and I've lost interest in the simplest of pleasure such as walking my beloved dog. I have been waking up each morning feeling down and not wanting to get out of bed, thinking over and over why l feel like this and what to do. Yesterday, in front of my sister, I teared up. She has been trying to help me by suggesting I find a Hobbie or do some Voluntary work but I don't know what. I've seen my GP and have made an appt to see a Psychologist but I'm wondering if that will help. This morning I woke up feeling worse than ever.

suewho Hi Im a new member
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Hi there, I just joined up today. I am in a really low place. I feel sad all the time. I drink too much. Have no friends. Im glad this site is here. I rang lifeline twice this morning. I realise I need help. Im 50 and unemployed. Im broke and faced w... View more

Hi there, I just joined up today. I am in a really low place. I feel sad all the time. I drink too much. Have no friends. Im glad this site is here. I rang lifeline twice this morning. I realise I need help. Im 50 and unemployed. Im broke and faced with the prospect of always being so. I dont think I'll ever find a job. I dont own a house. when I look at what Ive written I feel disgusted with myself. I never realised life was going to be this cruel.

ESLR New
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Hi, Im new to this and just

Hi, Im new to this and just

SadieLou Saying hello!
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New to this. Im 39 and mum to a 7 year old son. Separated from my ex almost 12 months ago and had been doing ok, regularly seeing a mental health care professional. Just these last few days, I've been feeling very low. Trying to work out patenting ag... View more

New to this. Im 39 and mum to a 7 year old son. Separated from my ex almost 12 months ago and had been doing ok, regularly seeing a mental health care professional. Just these last few days, I've been feeling very low. Trying to work out patenting agreements and property settlement and my ex is dragging things out and picking at small things. Work is too much at the moment as I deal with clients all day. Smiling and being polite is hard. I don't want to pretend anymore when all I want to do is sleep and be left alone. I know I'm in a slump but don't know how to get out of it. I dont feel like talking to anyone as such, even though I'm here. Maybe I just need to let this pass?

Spoony Does it end?
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Not sure how to start this type of thing like “hey” or “hi” but, non the less, g’day, I’m a 29 yr old male, father of two and have suffered with Anxiety/depression since I was 15. I’ve dealt with things pretty well up until the last 18 months or so, ... View more

Not sure how to start this type of thing like “hey” or “hi” but, non the less, g’day, I’m a 29 yr old male, father of two and have suffered with Anxiety/depression since I was 15. I’ve dealt with things pretty well up until the last 18 months or so, I find myself loosing my appetite, never tired, always angry and short fused. I hate people. Can’t stand leaving the house at the moment, and when I do need to leave I wind myself up the much I end up vomiting. I see a therapist regularly but I’ve noticed that my medications aren’t working they way they used too. I’m pushing my family away, and have taken a step back from my children. I’m scared that if I can’t change something, I’m going to snap.

A_mess A mess
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I'm so embarrassed. I drank and drove to the supermarket with my daughter. I was over the limit. What kind of mum does that make me. I can't even think why I did that nothing happened luckily. Rightfully so she hates me and so does my husband. I do e... View more

I'm so embarrassed. I drank and drove to the supermarket with my daughter. I was over the limit. What kind of mum does that make me. I can't even think why I did that nothing happened luckily. Rightfully so she hates me and so does my husband. I do enjoy drinking that I even hide bottles so yes I'm a alcoholic.

Alana_H Introduction!
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Hello, I'm new here and am looking forward to hearing from you. I'm a currently completing my degree in the mental health field and have worked in a variety of community settings in the past. I live regionally but travel to Melbourne every week and a... View more

Hello, I'm new here and am looking forward to hearing from you. I'm a currently completing my degree in the mental health field and have worked in a variety of community settings in the past. I live regionally but travel to Melbourne every week and am also a mother of three lovely (cheeky) children. I look forward to reading peoples experiences and getting to know their journey. I hope I can be part of maintaining these forums as a safe place to express your concerns and provide advice and validation where needed. Thank you to those who have already posted and replied and I look forward to my time in the forum community. Alana_H