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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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Harry07 This is very new
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Hi, I felt it was finally time to reach out to someone. I am nowhere near comfortable enough to talk to friends about the way I feel, so thought I'd start here. There's a lot going on at the moment. I'm leaving Australia after 7 years living here, I ... View more

Hi, I felt it was finally time to reach out to someone. I am nowhere near comfortable enough to talk to friends about the way I feel, so thought I'd start here. There's a lot going on at the moment. I'm leaving Australia after 7 years living here, I have a 17 month old who has never met any of her family and becoming a parent for the first time has had an incredible strain on my relationship with my wife. We are so different on how we think she should be brought up but we have no one to mediate because all of our family is back in England. I love her, I really do but I feel like anything I do, big or small really gets on her nerves. My mind goes to a really dark place and the feelings I have towards myself are really low after an argument, even the really small arguments and carries over the days following when we are back on talking terms, it takes a while to snap out of it. I have the Beyond Now app installed incase those thoughts progress any further. I don't know how to get on the same page as my wife but hopefully once we have some family support our relationship can regrow. It feels odd posting this to strangers, but hopefully this will be the first step of many.

Scarab Hello
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Just new here. Feeling quite anxious about posting here. I have been dealing with chronic depression and anxiety and need a safe place to talk. Thank you for any replies or suggestions.

Just new here. Feeling quite anxious about posting here. I have been dealing with chronic depression and anxiety and need a safe place to talk. Thank you for any replies or suggestions.

Jgrace Dealing with depression
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Hey! im currently studying year 12 at school, doing dance after school and working. I’m starting to suffer from some serious depression and anxiety to the point where I can’t keep up and go to school dance or work. I feel like I’m spiralling and can ... View more

Hey! im currently studying year 12 at school, doing dance after school and working. I’m starting to suffer from some serious depression and anxiety to the point where I can’t keep up and go to school dance or work. I feel like I’m spiralling and can concentrate on anything that I used to be able to do easily. I’m just isolating myslef laying in my bed and crying and I don’t know how to get out of it. Any first steps I should take? I feel sick of having to be that person who is always upset

Flightmode41 Feeling constantly stressed
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Hi all! I’m new to the forum. I really just want a safe space to just say how I’m feeling. I’m a single mum to a five year old boy who’s just started school this year. I’ve just started a new job too, and it’s full time for the first time since I hav... View more

Hi all! I’m new to the forum. I really just want a safe space to just say how I’m feeling. I’m a single mum to a five year old boy who’s just started school this year. I’ve just started a new job too, and it’s full time for the first time since I have my son. And I’m struggling. Not so much with the work, with the routine. Even the seemingly simple task of getting my son dressed or brushing his teeth causes me stress. I find myself yelling all too easily and it’s not only affecting my relationship with my son, but also my mental and physical health. mid last year I was suffering from pins and needles all over my body. After a raft of neurological tests nothing was found, so I put it down to a stress reaction. And now it’s happening again and I can feel myself reaching the point of burnout again. Add to that, I’m sad. We moved back to Sydney after living in another city for 15 years - I lament my old life, I miss my friends and I miss financial freedom. I have a lot more going on in my head than I can write down right now, but I just wanted to reach out and say hi, and share my story.

BB1998 I seem to find myself sad or angry with no cause.
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So, for a fair few years now I will find myself in a angry or sad mood for no reason at all. Most of the time it's just at my own thoughts, memories, and over thinking. Sometimes while over thinking, I sometimes find my self staring angrily at nothin... View more

So, for a fair few years now I will find myself in a angry or sad mood for no reason at all. Most of the time it's just at my own thoughts, memories, and over thinking. Sometimes while over thinking, I sometimes find my self staring angrily at nothing, most likely the wall, cracking the angry eye brows. This is almost an every day occurance. and I will Shut down, or close off to the people around me. I cannot talk about how I feel, even if I want to. I just can't get it out. I feel as if this has ruined my relationship and friendships with people closest to me. My son's father has past away in the last year, and I feel as if it has only gotten worse. I can sometimes identify in the middle of one of these moods that what I'm feeling isn't right, uunnecessary or fair on the people around me. But I can't seem to change the way I'm feeling no matter how hard I try. I think I might need mental health help, but i am afraid to reach out. Thats why I'm on this page. Im not sure if any of this even makes any sense. So I guess what trying to get to is to see if their is something wrong with me, what is going on? And what should I do. I hate feeling like this.and I'm not sure how to stop it.

Hopestrength Struggling lately
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Hi, I'm new to this forum. I have an ex who is always causing stress in mine and my daughters life. My 8 year old is refusing to see him as I believe he is emotionally abusive to her now. We are in the process of getting her therapy. I have the intro... View more

Hi, I'm new to this forum. I have an ex who is always causing stress in mine and my daughters life. My 8 year old is refusing to see him as I believe he is emotionally abusive to her now. We are in the process of getting her therapy. I have the introduction for her therapy session on Tuesday and I think that's why I'm so anxious. Her dad lies and therapists don't know if they should believe me or him, he's really good at putting on an act. If anyone can give me some tips, advice or even distractions I'd really appreciate it. I know its not a big deal the appointment because I'm telling the truth but it feels like I'm on trial so therapists can decide how to treat our situation and if they believe him then my daughter never gets the real support she needs! Thanks guys

Dave_2441 Hi
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Hi I’m new here, I’m a 59yo man that has come to reality about how I have felt for years and how it has affected my life. Not sure how to change this after so long.

Hi I’m new here, I’m a 59yo man that has come to reality about how I have felt for years and how it has affected my life. Not sure how to change this after so long.

Melbem Hello, I have just registered an account with Beyond Blue...
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I have been suffering severe anxiety for years, more so when both of my parents died at a young age. I am here to seek support, but don't know how to start as I never seeked help before, thinking 'nah I don't need help, I'll be ok' but I don't think ... View more

I have been suffering severe anxiety for years, more so when both of my parents died at a young age. I am here to seek support, but don't know how to start as I never seeked help before, thinking 'nah I don't need help, I'll be ok' but I don't think I am. Any suggestions where I can read about and hear stories of anxiety? Even any suggested videos would be helpful. Thank you.

Amelia02 Hello, recently joined this forum
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Hi everyone, I’ve made some posts but just read the posting faq and as recommended am introducing myself. I’m dealing with anxiety and depression. I hope I can get some tips and help here and will do my best to contribute and encourage others too . H... View more

Hi everyone, I’ve made some posts but just read the posting faq and as recommended am introducing myself. I’m dealing with anxiety and depression. I hope I can get some tips and help here and will do my best to contribute and encourage others too . Have a lovely rest of the day, take care