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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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Misdem Hi Frustrated about mental health issues
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Hi.. 48, been diagnosed with depression since 16. Over the years being able to be me has been the problem but I'm getting there and also much better at managing my condition. What I would like from this forum is areas to talk about current affairs wh... View more

Hi.. 48, been diagnosed with depression since 16. Over the years being able to be me has been the problem but I'm getting there and also much better at managing my condition. What I would like from this forum is areas to talk about current affairs when they relate to mental health.

flower_girl1 Just a quick suggestion
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Hi BB i had a thought upon coming here. I wanted to call your phone number but I was too nervous as I had no idea what to expect. What if ou put together a short transcript or 2 of a typical conversation on your phone line? It might make it seem a li... View more

Hi BB i had a thought upon coming here. I wanted to call your phone number but I was too nervous as I had no idea what to expect. What if ou put together a short transcript or 2 of a typical conversation on your phone line? It might make it seem a little less daunting if you have already read some similar conversations. Just a thought. flower_girl

MisterM Beyond Blue Facebook page - my post was seen on my facebook friends' newsfeed
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Hi Beyond Blue, I posted on your Facebook page a cry for help and hours later had my Facebook friends messaging me to say my post appeared on their newsfeed. Upon finding out I quickly deleted my post despite it containing many comments of support, I... View more

Hi Beyond Blue, I posted on your Facebook page a cry for help and hours later had my Facebook friends messaging me to say my post appeared on their newsfeed. Upon finding out I quickly deleted my post despite it containing many comments of support, I didn't get the chance to read them all as I in panic deleted. I didn't want my post to be shared all over Facebook without me knowing. Now I feel embarrassed by this all as I did not want people knowing about my struggles. I don't know who else saw now. Is there anyway to ensure this does not occur again as I would rather reach out on Facebook but would prefer that it is not shown on everyone's newsfeeds. Thank you.

Space_Penguin New to the On Line Forum
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Hello. I am new to this on line forum thing. I don't know how to do it. I don't know what to do, and that causes more anxiety. So if someone can help me learn the way around it, I would appreciate it.

Hello. I am new to this on line forum thing. I don't know how to do it. I don't know what to do, and that causes more anxiety. So if someone can help me learn the way around it, I would appreciate it.

MisterM Slow to open pages
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Hi BB team, ever since I have been on this forum the pages take a long time to load. Just letting you know.

Hi BB team, ever since I have been on this forum the pages take a long time to load. Just letting you know.

Chris_B What should we call these forums? Your feedback please
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Should we name these forums? Or is the beyondblue forums clear enough, do you think? Some suggestions that came through our blueVoices group recently included: bb Neighbourhood bb Alliance bb Exchange bb Buzz bb Collective Be keen to hear your feedba... View more

Should we name these forums? Or is the beyondblue forums clear enough, do you think? Some suggestions that came through our blueVoices group recently included: bb Neighbourhood bb Alliance bb Exchange bb Buzz bb Collective Be keen to hear your feedback below. Do any of the above names take your fancy? Do you have a suggestion of your own? Do we need a name at all?

Chris_B The beyondblue forums word cloud - what are we talking about? (Updated for February)
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Hi everyone, Nothing like a bit of word soup to warm the cockles... this cloud below represents all of your words from January, posted here to the forums. The bigger the word, the more often it was used. This is what we talked about last month. Any t... View more

Hi everyone, Nothing like a bit of word soup to warm the cockles... this cloud below represents all of your words from January, posted here to the forums. The bigger the word, the more often it was used. This is what we talked about last month. Any thoughts?

Chris_B Click frenzy: mark a post as helpful!
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Hi everyone, Another new feature we've added today is a button to let you mark posts as helpful. Many of our members spend a lot of time sharing their stories and experiences in order to help others, and this is a great way of showing your support fo... View more

Hi everyone, Another new feature we've added today is a button to let you mark posts as helpful. Many of our members spend a lot of time sharing their stories and experiences in order to help others, and this is a great way of showing your support for their words, especially if you don't yet feel up to contributing a word or two yourself. So please click away! Once you have marked a post as helpful, you are unable to 'unmark' it, so the number of people who have marked a post as helpful will only ever increase.

Mares73 changing thread title
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Hi Christopher I've posted in the depression forum with thread title "Still here & struggling". I really want my thread to stay where it is as that's where I relate most & know most members. But my thread title doesn't catch people's attention as its... View more

Hi Christopher I've posted in the depression forum with thread title "Still here & struggling". I really want my thread to stay where it is as that's where I relate most & know most members. But my thread title doesn't catch people's attention as its too general & if you read what I'm going through you will understand. Could you change the title to "Coping with devastation when your life is torn apart" or "Devestati ng news has torn my life apart" I just want the thread title to reflect the seriousness of what's happening for me so my friends will notice it's serious & perhaps read it & be of support as I have no one but the forum & the members on it are so important to me. But please please don't move the thread elsewhere. I'd be so grateful for your help. Kind regards Mary (Mares73)

Chris_B Word limit for posts - your feedback please
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Hi everyone, As you'll know, when making posts on the forum you are limited to 2,500 characters, which roughly works out to 500 words - one full typed page of A4 paper. The reason we have this limit is to encourage conversation between members, and t... View more

Hi everyone, As you'll know, when making posts on the forum you are limited to 2,500 characters, which roughly works out to 500 words - one full typed page of A4 paper. The reason we have this limit is to encourage conversation between members, and to give you the best chance of having your posts read and absorbed by people. However, we've had some feedback recently from members that our current limit should be shortened, as even at 2,500 characters this can make posts difficult to read, thus reducing the amount of replies someone might get. What do you think?