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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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insertaname Question: Was there ever a time where you felt that your psychiatrist was more focussed on pills rather than working with you to get better?
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Hi I have been diagnosed with bipolar since 2011. Up until now I have been reflecting on how I have treated as a patient on the public system. I have had experienced wonderful psychiatrists and some that should not even be in this profession. My ques... View more

Hi I have been diagnosed with bipolar since 2011. Up until now I have been reflecting on how I have treated as a patient on the public system. I have had experienced wonderful psychiatrists and some that should not even be in this profession. My question is above, because I remember being told when I was first diagnosed that the"pills will make you better". But it didn't - I was discharged, couldn't sleep with all the cars passing the street and the train on the train tracks. It sort of zombified me too but i had all these emotions I couldn't process or even handle. I had a registrar yell at me for not having the blood nurse take my blood at 8am exactly while in a ward. I panicked and asked every medical person whens the blood nurse coming that doctor wont stop telling me off. The blood nurse also lost my blood twice in a row. I don't know..i think only in the last two years have i actually had a psychiatrist try to work with me with hypomania. It's been hard - since i did not like him at the start. I don't really like registrars, That Dr made me have a nurse check my mouth and he overdosed me with the meds too. His supervising doctor took over from there.

Auxillium Anxiety seeing ex look alike
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It's been a week now that I've been experiencing anxiety wverytime i see someone on the road who looks similar as my ex. I was with her for almost 6 years and now I'm with someone new. Current partner, we've been togather for 2 years. But i dont unde... View more

It's been a week now that I've been experiencing anxiety wverytime i see someone on the road who looks similar as my ex. I was with her for almost 6 years and now I'm with someone new. Current partner, we've been togather for 2 years. But i dont understand is why all of a sudden im having this anxiety attack whenever i see someone who looks similar as my ex.

Blossk77 How does this work?
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I cant find how to post a thread...im after support with infidelity and dont know how to find the appropriate group or page?

I cant find how to post a thread...im after support with infidelity and dont know how to find the appropriate group or page?

Carter Where am i?
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I'm halfway through my twenties and I've achieved absolutely nothing everyone around me is getting married and having children building a career while I had to move back home after three years because I can't afford rent by myself I live in a small t... View more

I'm halfway through my twenties and I've achieved absolutely nothing everyone around me is getting married and having children building a career while I had to move back home after three years because I can't afford rent by myself I live in a small town with no social life and nowhere to work I'm alone by myself most of the time staring at a phone screen with nobody texting or calling me, I've had to join groups and pages on facebook otherwise nothing would even be on it I have to rely on chatsites to have any form of social interaction today I learned that I have a few problems with Codependency and that I know nothing about who I am and who I even want to be I've always wanted to settle down and have a family but now I kind of want to travel around and explore who I want to be and the what type of person I want to share my life with as I don't think I've ever really been inlove with anybody before I kind of just got into relationships (3) because it would probably lead into having a baby and that's the way it's just suppost to go I have never really had the closeness lovey dovey kind of relationship before just kind of through text and see them a few times and in my last I was emotionally abused it's like I've been standing still while life just passes by I don't know how to fix it or what to do because I'm starting to question if I'm even worth loving or if I deserve to have someone who just wants to spend time with me and cuddle me and be there for me i feel like I'm to dumb to even have a job I just really need a friend and i have none... every time I get close to someone and factually class them as a friend they move away...

Aircraft_maintenance_man Don’t know where I’m at! Sometimes writing helps me.
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A cruel joke A struggle, screaming in silence, waiting to be heard Tortured by his very soul Crippled,emotionally stifled On the brink, walking a laser beam focused on disappointment. Blinded by despair, outstretched arms ignored, amongst a crowd no ... View more

A cruel joke A struggle, screaming in silence, waiting to be heard Tortured by his very soul Crippled,emotionally stifled On the brink, walking a laser beam focused on disappointment. Blinded by despair, outstretched arms ignored, amongst a crowd no one around. Encased in his own dimension,a facade of humour and strength, the lived lie barely contained. Understanding his own psyche is his prison. He doesn’t know what he wants, A touch Understanding An end Relief

Ozzynz Struggling with everything after wife asked me to leave home
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Hi there, my first post here. About 2 weeks ago my wife asked me to leave. After a month after our daughter told us she had been inappropriately touched by my own father about 5 years ago. I had struggled to be there for her emotionally and fell into... View more

Hi there, my first post here. About 2 weeks ago my wife asked me to leave. After a month after our daughter told us she had been inappropriately touched by my own father about 5 years ago. I had struggled to be there for her emotionally and fell into heavy drinking after work. My wife went out with friends one night and I was home alone but couldn't help myself but annoy her witb texts and phone calls. I was just feeling alone and lost. She then got fed up and next day said it was over and I should leave home. Our daughter had decided to live with her biological father and step mother a week or so beforehand also which turned our lives upside down. I am now a week or so living with my brother and his fiance. But struggling to cope without my wife to. Thanks for any guidance through this difficult time.

Candy110497 Intro
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Hi this a random person who is alone and wanted someone to listen give me a great positivity in my negative life

Hi this a random person who is alone and wanted someone to listen give me a great positivity in my negative life

insertaname Let's be honest: Does this forum help you or do you at times feel alienated?
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Hi this is my question, while I love that this website caters for all those who are in need of support... I feel somewhat more lonelier than before I asked this question. I cannot explain it, maybe it is because I have to wait for responses or becaus... View more

Hi this is my question, while I love that this website caters for all those who are in need of support... I feel somewhat more lonelier than before I asked this question. I cannot explain it, maybe it is because I have to wait for responses or because this similar to reddit where things need to be checked over before posting. Trutthfully I feel lonelier using this website and lonelier, I usually call a hotline when I cry. When I ring a hotline, all I hear is music and as my mood flutuates i feel even more lonelier. It's not all the time that i feel this - I feel this when i feel i am at my most vulnerable moment. The music depresses me or the voice over depresses me... The music is not comforting and the advertisement or did you know facts aren't helping ... it's like i become desperate to hear a human voice after all that waiting. This is a good resource and it sort of helps but not as much as I have desire for it to be. Let me know your thoughts Kind Regards Jennifer

Lawnz Where best to find support for parents / carers of teenagers with anxiety and depression?
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Hi there. I'm hoping to find a group that supports parents / carers of adolescents with anxiety and depression: problems getting to school, friendship, feelings of self-worth, anger towards and blaming parents, inability to sleep, and the list is end... View more

Hi there. I'm hoping to find a group that supports parents / carers of adolescents with anxiety and depression: problems getting to school, friendship, feelings of self-worth, anger towards and blaming parents, inability to sleep, and the list is endless. Especially when the parent / carer is struggling with work-related bullying and related stress / depression. Thanks for being there.

Jabrjori Very confused about life at the moment
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Hey, new here, I don’t want to talk to anyone about what’s going on in my head as I don’t want to admit that there maybe something not lining up. i have an AMAZING supportive husband, 4 kids, GP of 39 years today (it’s my birthday). Both my parents a... View more

Hey, new here, I don’t want to talk to anyone about what’s going on in my head as I don’t want to admit that there maybe something not lining up. i have an AMAZING supportive husband, 4 kids, GP of 39 years today (it’s my birthday). Both my parents are heavily medicated depression and anxiety sufferers, also alcoholics and my mum now has a good addiction too. These 2 people I can not talk about this too. i am not sure that feeling flat, unsure, un productive, angry, nervous EMOTIONAL a bit of the time is ok. It’s only a day here or there during the week. But I am worried it’s taking over... I don’t want it too. I do everything in my power to help it, but it’s just there. i am not sure what I am looking for. The beyond blue test told me I need to see my gp, but I think, did I answer that looking for that answer? Or was my answers legit. How did people say, I just need a little support here?