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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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Chris_B Beyondblue forum meetup event in Perth
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The beyondblue National Roadshow is coming to Perth and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank our valued blueVoices members and online forum members face-to-face. Come along to this casual afternoon, join in and have a go at playing lawn bowls. ... View more

The beyondblue National Roadshow is coming to Perth and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank our valued blueVoices members and online forum members face-to-face. Come along to this casual afternoon, join in and have a go at playing lawn bowls. It will also be an opportunity meet people from your local community, chat with beyondblue staff, find out about local mental health services and listen to a special presentation from beyondblue youth speaker, Annabeth Bateman. Date: Sunday 25 May Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm Location: Sorrento Bowling Club Percy Doyle Reserve, 40 Warwick Road Duncraig, WA 6023 Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Family and friends welcome! Please let us know if you’re coming by sending us an email to bb@beyondblue.org.au with numbers. If you have a special talent, and you’d like to contribute to or participate in the activities on the day, we’re open to all ideas and happy to discuss. The Roadshow team look forward to meeting you on the day!

les breaks my heart
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i have recently posted a few posts. it breaks my heart that i can only offer words to the many people out there who are hurting. what else can i do ? i have all the time in the world but i feel helpless that i can not do more to help people. les

i have recently posted a few posts. it breaks my heart that i can only offer words to the many people out there who are hurting. what else can i do ? i have all the time in the world but i feel helpless that i can not do more to help people. les

Struggler Thread In Wrong Place
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Hi BB I posted my first thread *Depression - Being Driven From Employer To Employer* in the Community Board. I meant it to be in the Employment and Workplaces section. Can it be moved to the relevant spot? Sorry, I am still learning. Struggler

Hi BB I posted my first thread *Depression - Being Driven From Employer To Employer* in the Community Board. I meant it to be in the Employment and Workplaces section. Can it be moved to the relevant spot? Sorry, I am still learning. Struggler

les localised BB
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i would love to see beyond blue become more localised . wouldn't it be nice if we could help each fix a lot of lonyness which does not help with depression. example when i am home alone i get very depressed and of course the cogs in my brain keep rol... View more

i would love to see beyond blue become more localised . wouldn't it be nice if we could help each fix a lot of lonyness which does not help with depression. example when i am home alone i get very depressed and of course the cogs in my brain keep rolling around. when i was working as a taxi driver and also a pilot for oversize vehicles all over oz. my fellow workers would say to me "boy you are the funniest bugger i have met" to a person. i put it down to be surrounded by people, which tends to gee one up. if BB was more localised to our respective area's we could mix and relate have meetups etc . just a thought but i think mixing with others helps ......les

Over_It1 Thank You
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Just a huge shout out to the team on the phones for being there and helping my wife find the help that she needed after the Community Assessment Team (CAT) hung up on her when she was in dire need of help for myself. Fantastic job, I am now in hospit... View more

Just a huge shout out to the team on the phones for being there and helping my wife find the help that she needed after the Community Assessment Team (CAT) hung up on her when she was in dire need of help for myself. Fantastic job, I am now in hospital getting the help I soooooooooo dearly needed. Once Again Thank You

bucketlist newbie who has reached out
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Can't say I have written on a forum before however I have never felt so desperate before. I have known my "meltdown" was coming for a long time just didn't realise it would hit the way it did. I have spent the entire morning feeling completely hopele... View more

Can't say I have written on a forum before however I have never felt so desperate before. I have known my "meltdown" was coming for a long time just didn't realise it would hit the way it did. I have spent the entire morning feeling completely hopeless and sobbing uncontrollably. I know I have felt miserable for quite some time now and bit by bit have destroyed or isolated myself from friends apart from a couple really. I have stepped out of groups I belong to unable to cope with the feelings of despair and thoughts that others in the group are "leaving me out". I know I have been doing it to myself all along. I have finally calmed after reading posts and following the links on this site however think it may have more to do with exhaustion from this morning episode. I found myself in such a state of despair that I felt I need to call an ambulance only the thought of not knowing what to say was wrong with me stopped me.I did manage to just call my GP now and make an apt for Friday where I will put my hand up for help. I am embarrassed to do so however I don't ever want this morning to happen again although somehow I know it will.I have been putting one foot in front of the other for so long now that I am physically and mentally exhausted. I don't know if this morning was me hitting rock bottom or a mental breakdown but I am still shaky and nervous,taking things very steady and calm so I can reach out and get some help.I think maybe I should have done it a long time agao.

emmalou Introducing myself
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Hi Everyone, My name is Emma and I'd just like to introduce myself. I'm not new to depression but I'm pretty new to this website and these kind of forums. I've just recently been diagnosed with having depression, the 3rd time in my life, and I think ... View more

Hi Everyone, My name is Emma and I'd just like to introduce myself. I'm not new to depression but I'm pretty new to this website and these kind of forums. I've just recently been diagnosed with having depression, the 3rd time in my life, and I think I will probably have to be on anti-depressants for the rest of my life. I'm lucky that I have friends and family that can support me but I don't think they fully understand how I feel and I guess that's why I decided to come on to this forum so I could maybe talk to people who truly understand how I feel and what I'm going through. Depression is something that I have always had to cope with, in fact I think I was depressed even as far back as my childhood. I've been on anti-depressants, then off them, then on them again, going back and forth now for most of my adult life and it's taken me until this very year, 2014 to realise, that depression is something that I will have to live with forever. Has anyone else out there had that same kind of feeling? That depression will always be with you? Today I'm optomistic though as I know that while I have this disease, I can learn to live with it. Depression can be controlled like any other disease, I can lead a full and happy life if I choose to stay on the right track and get help. I know I can except who I am and learn to coexist peacefully with this disease. Thanks for reading.

Guest17 New here. Hoping to learn about others experiences.
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Hi all, my name is Adam. I'm 42 and an aged care worker. I have just made the step of finally admitting to myself that I'm depressed. I'm not sure what I'm looking for by posting here.....maybe just to cleanse my mind a bit Nobody is aware of my prob... View more

Hi all, my name is Adam. I'm 42 and an aged care worker. I have just made the step of finally admitting to myself that I'm depressed. I'm not sure what I'm looking for by posting here.....maybe just to cleanse my mind a bit Nobody is aware of my problem.....I'd be stunned if nobody suspected though. I tend to be the life of the party, and people keep telling me that I really seem to have it all worked out (which bothers me a lot - can only imagine how scattered THEIR minds are, lol). Until October 2012 I was a full-time carer for my grandmother who had Parkinson's Disease - it was a life-sapping experience incomparable to any other I've had, and in the process I think I forgot how to care for my own needs. The decision to be a carer probably typifies what goes wrong in my life....I have attracted partners who are needy and tend to use up my resources and then move on. I have a serious inability to handle abandonment, and constantly crave a feeling of belonging, which I am never able to find. I have zero friends that I trust, though many many acquaintances that expect me to be there for them in their times of need. Sorry if all that sounds whiny.....it's not intended to be. I just want to give a little background as to why I'm here. Would love to hear other people's experiences and see if some mutual sharing can help. Hope this finds you all smiling. Regards, Adam

scorch links taking me somewhere else
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Hi I've been trying to access a thread started by Matty, but every time I click the link it takes me to another thread on a different topic started by someone else. I have never had this happen before. The thread it takes me to doesn't even appear an... View more

Hi I've been trying to access a thread started by Matty, but every time I click the link it takes me to another thread on a different topic started by someone else. I have never had this happen before. The thread it takes me to doesn't even appear anywhere else on the forum list that I can see... Is this happening to anyone else or just me???

Neil_1 Dr Brian Ironwood - Man Therapy ads ...
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Dear all I don't know how many of you have seen the latest ads on the teev for depression and mental related illnesses for men - there is a link with Beyond Blue to it - and the character who does the short, sharp ad is a man called "Dr Brian Ironwoo... View more

Dear all I don't know how many of you have seen the latest ads on the teev for depression and mental related illnesses for men - there is a link with Beyond Blue to it - and the character who does the short, sharp ad is a man called "Dr Brian Ironwood" - it's a really 'get you in' kind of ad. I believe done very well. I hope that it can bring out of the woodwork anyone who is suffering in silence to come forward and seek help. To those people behind this initiative, WELL DONE. Neil