Monthly Forums Update: Reflecting Back on March
Thank you all for your wonderful posts and threads offering support and kindness through what has been a difficult month for many. It is an amazing strength of this community that when members need extra support you are there for them.
There have been over 4,500 posts + almost 250 new threads offering validation, empowerment, fun and connection. We are incredibly lucky to have such an active and caring set of users that are always looking to offer support safely and with compassion.
A busy month that included Harmony week, Trans Day of Visibility + World Bipolar day, as well as the Sydney Coastrek which saw heaps of Beyond Blue supporters walking and talking together.
We look forward to seeing these conversation grow as this community continue to thrive while demonstrating the power of peer-to-peer connection.
Community Voices: What are people talking about?
We’ve seen some challenging conversations being had across this community including those about:
Managing Life Milestones
I've been feeling really at a loss lately. I can't work out if I'm young or old. I don't feel old, but I know I've been around for thirty years. Feels overwhelming like I'm not ready to cope with the changes that come with being 30. I get the sense that time is moving on and I'm no longer in my youth, or that it is moving away from me. - Cno1234 (Read more here)
I am reaching 39 in a couple of months, and not a day goes by without obsessively thinking about reaching the big "4". I feel like I'm wholly unprepared and not mentally ready to be reaching what I consider to be nearing my sunset years. - Daniel_83 (Read more here)
I'm only recently into adulthood, and I've already learnt so much. It's quite enjoyable getting to experience a greater level of independence, and even watching all my friends from school/childhood adapt to adulthood as well. - sbella02 (Read more here)
Events from near and far
I have seen and heard so much that is going on with the war in Ukraine. My heart goes out to each and every one in Ukraine. Our minds can begin to spiral in a negative way which is sometimes fuelled by anxiety in regards to the war. - Petal22 (Read more here)
I am writing to you from Brisbane. Know that I am safe but I know many who have been flooded or near to being flooded. The worst part right now is knowing when it will end. There are moments when the rain softens and then comes down harder than before - smallwolf (Read more here)
Finding glimmers in PTSD and trauma: So I've been reading about glimmers lately and thought it might be useful for other people too... Some of the ones I can think of and find is cuddling my dog, smelling a vanilla candle and looking at the plants around my house. and the beach; I always feel safe at the beach 😊 - romantic_thi3f (Read more here)
Valued Contributor Award
Our Valued Contributor for the month of March is ‘yggdrasil’!
Yggdrasil has been nominated for offering genuine peer support across the community, taking the time to reflect on someone's journey while remaining curious about what resources and or ways of coping will be supportive to one's wellbeing. Thank you yggdrasil!
To read more about what a Valued Contributor is and how you can nominate a fellow community member, please refer to our 'Nominate a Valued Contributor' thread, here.
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Thank you, Sophie_M 😸
& thank you to all members who have participated in discussions across all the forums.
If I'd never realised I need people to talk to, I'd be crying into an empty midnight sky, to no-one, as unheard & silenced as I used to be.
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