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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

Chris_B Introducing...the community champions
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Hi everyone, Some of you may have noticed that a few of our members are labelled ‘Community champion’ and have a beyondblue National Roadshow bus badge, like this: This thread explains who these members are and what they do. Community champions are v... View more

Hi everyone, Some of you may have noticed that a few of our members are labelled ‘Community champion’ and have a beyondblue National Roadshow bus badge, like this: This thread explains who these members are and what they do. Community champions are volunteers within the forums who: Have the time, skills and empathy to support other members Make an effort to welcome new members Are regularly and actively engaged members that help set the tone of our community as a place of hope and recovery. Click here to find out more about how you can become a Community Champion! As this is a peer support community that includes members under the age of 18, it is important that we ensure our peer support community leaders have a current 'working with children' check as part of due diligence. In an online environment with anonymous posters, it also provides Beyond Blue (and the community) with some security as to the identity of who is posting as a community champion. We ask our community champions to spend at least 2-3 hours a week posting and responding in the forums, but in reality they go far above and beyond this. Like me, they’re not psychologists or counsellors, just regular folk like yourselves who have experience with anxiety and depression. I’ll leave it to our champion volunteers to reply below and let you know a bit about themselves. PS. If this is your first time on the forums and you'd like to introduce yourself, please start a new thread rather than replying in here.

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Modest_narcissist I'm new and I'm fueled by despair and fear
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Hey everyone, I'm new here. I struggle with self esteem, anxiety and a little bit of depression. Recently I've cut off my friendship circle to partly escape bad habits of drugs and alcohol and partly because of long term insecurities that have finall... View more

Hey everyone, I'm new here. I struggle with self esteem, anxiety and a little bit of depression. Recently I've cut off my friendship circle to partly escape bad habits of drugs and alcohol and partly because of long term insecurities that have finally consumed me. I'm highly self concious and judgemental. I'm regretful, unhappy and alone. I am working towards change but almost every aspect of my life is at 0. I truly want to give up. Curl in a ball and hide from the world. But I'm here to attempt to get through it all and be a part of the community. I look forward to it. Cheers, Modest

Saft1980 Hello, thanks for being here.
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Hello, My name is Jesse. This is the first time I have ever been on one of these sites. I'm not one who usually talks about my problems with anyone. I tend to keep it all to myself which I know is the problem. I guess I am torn between letting people... View more

Hello, My name is Jesse. This is the first time I have ever been on one of these sites. I'm not one who usually talks about my problems with anyone. I tend to keep it all to myself which I know is the problem. I guess I am torn between letting people know how I am feeling and not wanting to be someone who complains to people. I just don't want people to think that I am less than or not strong enough to handle life. I know I shouldn't think this way and maybe i'm just here to work on that. There also a part of me that thinks if i talk about my problems that I will only amplify them and get stuck in a way of thinking that makes me feel even worse off. I guess I can only try. Jesse.

LisaK Help!
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I am stuck in a public toilet in a shopping centre because my kids and everyone else have stressed me to beyond breaking point! Your sign is on the back of the toilet door thank goodness. I'm going CRAZY and no one cares!

I am stuck in a public toilet in a shopping centre because my kids and everyone else have stressed me to beyond breaking point! Your sign is on the back of the toilet door thank goodness. I'm going CRAZY and no one cares!

51 Hi
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Hi Everyone I am new here, 1st post. Not really sure what to write, not really sure on anything at the moment. Just that Im tired very tired and really mad. Hoping just hoping at the moment.

Hi Everyone I am new here, 1st post. Not really sure what to write, not really sure on anything at the moment. Just that Im tired very tired and really mad. Hoping just hoping at the moment.

Adz1981 Help
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Help im here I got home late last night after a big night wasn't supposed to be mates went home and I stayed on by myself for some reason. I don't know what's happening I feel out of control and don't know to regain control. I have a family and need ... View more

Help im here I got home late last night after a big night wasn't supposed to be mates went home and I stayed on by myself for some reason. I don't know what's happening I feel out of control and don't know to regain control. I have a family and need to look after them but I can't even do the right thing by me. I float week to week trying to ride the highs and lows but can't seem to get on top I don't know what to do

Blue_skies Hello from newbie
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Hi, I'm new to this forum and just wanted to introduce myself. Having had depression and anxiety for many years and finally learning better to manage this I thought it would be a good idea to join the forum and exchange ideas, experiences and ways of... View more

Hi, I'm new to this forum and just wanted to introduce myself. Having had depression and anxiety for many years and finally learning better to manage this I thought it would be a good idea to join the forum and exchange ideas, experiences and ways of managing this illness. I've been reading through some of the posts recently and it amazes me how many people are dealing with these conditions and that many face judgement and discrimination because of their illness. I don't normally openly share with people that I have a mental illness, however I do share with people I can trust and who won't judge me. I look forward to learning more about dealing with depression and anxiety on this forum

Doglover2 Lost Newbie
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can't work out if there are several forums under different topics or does everything go to this one? Feeling daunted at finally making the effort to find out what's available online without having to fight my way through page after page which doesn't... View more

can't work out if there are several forums under different topics or does everything go to this one? Feeling daunted at finally making the effort to find out what's available online without having to fight my way through page after page which doesn't seem quite relevant. Also feel very relucant to express my negative feelings as it's so 'not OK' in daily social contact. All too easy to just give up, log out & foget about it.

Bluey_moon New to beyond blue
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Hi I am probably doing this the wrong way around, as I have already posted a few days ago. But I want to introduce myself. I am a wife to a very supportive husband and a mother to two beautiful children and a fur baby. I am a great friend and a hard ... View more

Hi I am probably doing this the wrong way around, as I have already posted a few days ago. But I want to introduce myself. I am a wife to a very supportive husband and a mother to two beautiful children and a fur baby. I am a great friend and a hard worker. I Also have been diagnosed with GAD with some OCD traits. This diagnosis is relatively new, the OCD part anyway, it was about 5 years ago it was GAD. Mostly I worry about illnesses, either for myself or the children. This time I convinced myself I was schizophrenic (even though my Gp, the psychiatrist and the psycologist said I wasnt, that they'd put a million dollars on it). I read all about it and convince myself I had the symptoms, and to be really honest a small part of me still worries, every time I feel nervous, paranoid ect. Last time it was MS. So there it is, laid bare.

Nessie08 Trouble with chat
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Hi I am new here and I am trying to get on the online chat. I have tried many times but it says unable to connect to server. I have cookies, java allowed so I'm not sure why it's doing it. Please help.

Hi I am new here and I am trying to get on the online chat. I have tried many times but it says unable to connect to server. I have cookies, java allowed so I'm not sure why it's doing it. Please help.

Blue_Dog Finding the courage to speak out
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My name is Kat and it is my first time to this forum. I am not good at talking face to face about my disorder to anyone as it is too overwhelming to be summed up in a few words, not to mention impossible to explain to someone when you don't fully und... View more

My name is Kat and it is my first time to this forum. I am not good at talking face to face about my disorder to anyone as it is too overwhelming to be summed up in a few words, not to mention impossible to explain to someone when you don't fully understand it yourself. I have suffered depression/anxiety for many years, but have just lately started on a real downward spiral and feeling at a total loss, so while introducing myself to the members here, I would also like to thank you all for being brave enough to speak out as you have so people like me can read here, feel a little less alone. I will hopefully find the courage (and the words) to contribute to this forum soon, but until I do, just reading has been a big help, so thank you.