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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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Ben_L If you could have one thing in the world, what would it be?
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Hey, just wanted to start a little chat forum and find out a bit about each other. If i could have one thing in the world out of anything, i'd want a new pc

Hey, just wanted to start a little chat forum and find out a bit about each other. If i could have one thing in the world out of anything, i'd want a new pc

Emberr I'm looking for help with depression, social anxiety and gender dysphoria. Any ideas that might help?
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I'm a trans girl with gender dysphoria, social anxiety disorder, and depression. I'm just looking for ways to help myself when I'm feeling any of those things. I do feel those things a lot of the time, so I need suggestions that I can do whenever and... View more

I'm a trans girl with gender dysphoria, social anxiety disorder, and depression. I'm just looking for ways to help myself when I'm feeling any of those things. I do feel those things a lot of the time, so I need suggestions that I can do whenever and wherever. Thanks for your help.

JustMe3 I'm new here and just wamt to talk
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Hi guys, I never thought I'd be seeking help like this. It does scare me a little. So lately things haven't been too great for me. I'm 11.5 years married with 3 wonderful kids, and I'd do anytgung for them all. My wife has reconnected with an old fri... View more

Hi guys, I never thought I'd be seeking help like this. It does scare me a little. So lately things haven't been too great for me. I'm 11.5 years married with 3 wonderful kids, and I'd do anytgung for them all. My wife has reconnected with an old friend of hers which happens to be a guy, they have shared a past, they have dated. This obviously got me concerned and jealous, I have talked to my wife and she has been completely open.about everything. I trust her and thats how it is. My issue is I haven't been the greatest husband over the years. After the kids were bofn, I lost my happiness and my eife says my smile went too. She has stuck by me, and will continue to do so. I have only just started to open up to her about everything, and she is supporting me 100% with my new journey to fix me. I guess I.just want to talk, I will be seeking help as I don't want this to get worse and divide my wife and I. The sense from my wife and I is Postnatal depression, but until I talk to someone, it's just an assumption. Just looking for a friend I guess. People to talk to. Thanks for listening everyone.

Lauriie not feeling like me
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Hey I'm new here today i havent been feeling like myself... i feel like everything is against me... i don't want to be attention seeking i just need a friend to talk to just anyone...

Hey I'm new here today i havent been feeling like myself... i feel like everything is against me... i don't want to be attention seeking i just need a friend to talk to just anyone...

Guest_9467 First post , hoping to help
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Howdy all Joined as i wish to share some of the things i have learned in the last decade . I think i should start with a bit from the past . I never had true anxiety , never knew what it was but on one faithful day this all changed . I cant really go... View more

Howdy all Joined as i wish to share some of the things i have learned in the last decade . I think i should start with a bit from the past . I never had true anxiety , never knew what it was but on one faithful day this all changed . I cant really go into details here and even if i could i dont think it would do much good except to say something happened to reset my nervous system , in a matter of days my body/ mind became scared of every little thing . I suffered with a massive amount of both mental symptoms but also over 100 different physical symptoms . Over the last ten years i had to relearn to not be scared of everything and i do mean just about everything , not only what my mind was telling me but also learning not to react to some of the most horrible symptoms. I read everything i could find , listened to 100s of peoples stories . I learned so much , it gave me a insight into anxiety that is a little different than most of the people that tried to treat me. Many of the early people treating me simply did not understand both my story but also anxiety in general . I am lucky in the last few years i have found the right people that have helped me to both be well into my recovery mentally and physically . I was a past moderator on a anxiety for a few years and find it amazing the lack of true information that is out there . It seems to be like it is a big secret but it really is not . Anxiety is not a death sentence and when you find the education behind what is happening and what is needed to fix it then it gets a lot better . I am talking true anxiety as a disorder not just normal anxiety which we all have at some time . As i mentioned i am hoping to help some with what i have learned and in a little while when my recover is a little further along i hope to also train as a mental health worker . I am a firm believer that it is education that is the key to recovery , Anxiety is feed by fear and that fear is simply in the fact that we dont understand it and then we fear it . Cheers

Sparkles75 Going crazy
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Hi everyone, this is my first online forum and i'm not sure what to say... i suffer depression and this last few weeks has had me spiral down pretty bad to the point i dont want to wake up in the morning. I used to be like this years ago and its scar... View more

Hi everyone, this is my first online forum and i'm not sure what to say... i suffer depression and this last few weeks has had me spiral down pretty bad to the point i dont want to wake up in the morning. I used to be like this years ago and its scared me abit. that awful dreaded feeling when i wake up.. oh no .. not again ...i'm in a 12 step program and am trying to work on positivity and things but woah i feel walloped into the ground again by indescribable sadness.

Max_just_Max Joined Beyondblue
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Hi all, Ive just now joined beyondblue as I’ve had and still going through an intense emotional time. 5 months ago I found out my wife had been cheating while I worked away, I confronted her on the phone, as she was away at the time, and she basicall... View more

Hi all, Ive just now joined beyondblue as I’ve had and still going through an intense emotional time. 5 months ago I found out my wife had been cheating while I worked away, I confronted her on the phone, as she was away at the time, and she basically blamed me for not emotionally supporting her. The lengths and lies she went to to disguise the continuous affair has me baffled. New neighbours thought I worked for a certain company as a vehicle was in our drive quite frequently. I was angry, confused, resentful for most of this time, she calls it revenge. She claimed she broke it off 3 times, but each time it continued, then saying ”you know what’s going on” she has since called separation of our 9 year marriage, claims the affair has nothing to do with me, although we live under the same roof when I’m home. Still I am blamed for everything Is this normal behaviour when a spouse has been caught out?

Sarah_31 Introduction -New Member
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Hi Everybody, I joined for the first time today, as I found this to be a really helpful forum. Just wanting to get advise and see if anyone's in the same position as me. Im a Mom, musician and student, battling my way through my depression & anxiety.... View more

Hi Everybody, I joined for the first time today, as I found this to be a really helpful forum. Just wanting to get advise and see if anyone's in the same position as me. Im a Mom, musician and student, battling my way through my depression & anxiety. (recently diagnosed with epilepsy) Studying full time, Im doing gigs on the side casual, while carrying the weight of looking after kids and living in a blended family. I literally have no friends because im always doing assessments or learning new songs. There are no Moms at Uni and it feels social isolating ,and I feel like my partner does not understand. Is anybody else going through this? Than you

Jrh2810 Confused, lost, scared, hurt maybe a little angry.
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Hi everyone. This is my first time talking to anyone so I don't really know what I'm doing. My name is J, I've just turned 32 and live in a small country town. My partner has just recently left me. We have been together just over 2 years and we have ... View more

Hi everyone. This is my first time talking to anyone so I don't really know what I'm doing. My name is J, I've just turned 32 and live in a small country town. My partner has just recently left me. We have been together just over 2 years and we have been through ALOT together. We were both addicts (clean almost 2 years now)when we met. She had 2 kids when we got together and we had a baby together 6 months ago I have an 11 year old from a previous relationship. We both got clean together. We moved state. Disconnected ourselves from our old friends. Things were going pretty good until a couple months ago. Then a couple weeks ago she left and took her (I love them and treat them as my own) kids and our baby away. I went to work in the morning as I usually do. Gave her and the kids a kiss and left. By lunch time she said it's over and she's leaving. I'm hurt. I don't understand why or what. I know she wasn't happy where we live and wanted to move back to where we came from. I didn't because I didn't want the drugs to control me AGAIN and I couldn't trust myself back there. I sit at home and cry. Missing my family. I've called and spoken to the kids a couple times and they are really happy. Our baby girl is growing up so fast and I'm missing it all. I don't leave the house unless it's to work because I don't want anyone to ask if I'm ok. I'm not ok. I don't know what I should be feeling. She tells me that I ruined her life and that they deserve better then tells me later that she loves me. I feel useless what do I do now. Should I just let them leave and live their life. It's breaking me

Guest_9475 Is anyone here with service dog
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Hey im new here. Im thinking of getting a small pound pup and buy a vest online to be a service dog animal so i can take my dog everywhere. My psychologist suggested the idea for my anxiety is anyone on here with a service dog for advice?

Hey im new here. Im thinking of getting a small pound pup and buy a vest online to be a service dog animal so i can take my dog everywhere. My psychologist suggested the idea for my anxiety is anyone on here with a service dog for advice?