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Welcome to the Youthbeyondblue website

 

Going through tough times? Stress, anxiety and feeling down can affect anyone, and in fact happens to a lot of us at some point in our lives.We all have good days and bad days. However, if you're feeling sad, down or anxious and these feelings have started to affect what you would normally enjoy or do, then it's important to find out what's going on and what you can do about it.

The BRAVE Program
Anxious? It can get better.

If you are a young person who would like help managing your anxiety, The BRAVE Program is a free interactive, online program you should check out.

The desk
Skills for study at uni and TAFE

Study can be full-on but add work, family and a social life on top of that, and sometimes it can seem like you have no time left for homework. thedesk can help you deal with some of the common issues that get in the way of success.

Our forums
connect with others

Our forums are a place where you can share your experience of dealing with tough times, help others work out the hard stuff and learn ways to get better.

Staying strong: Young people respond to racism

beyondblue's new national anti-discrimination campaign Stop. Think. Respect. highlights the impact of racism on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Basil, Tasia and Josh – three young actors from the campaign – talk about how they respond to discrimination and stay resilient.

Connect with others

Our Ambassadors

Belle Brockhoff
Belle Brockhoff is a snowboarder who represented Australia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It was as a teenager that Belle first experienced the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Belle decided to become a beyondblue Ambassador so she could share her story and hopes to inspire other people to reach out to those who care about them and feel their support around them.
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Belle Snowboarder and Olympian
Dane Farrell
Dane is a 24 year old rising Ironman star, competing as one of the top 16 ironmen in Australia. His commitment to raising awareness of depression and anxiety stems from his experience with supporting affected family members. Dane believes exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle helps create a positive environment for yourself and those around you.
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Dane Rising Ironman star and beyondblue advocate
Tom Ballard
Tom Ballard is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor and radio presenter, best known for his work with national youth radio station triple j. Tom was motivated to become a beyondblue Ambassador because he is particularly excited about beyondblue's focus on the mental health of LGBTI youth.
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Tom Stand-up comedian, writer, actor and radio presenter
More from ambassadors

From the forums

i need help, hoping this will be an outlet.
Ive had depression since i was 14, i am now 20. When i was younger and in high school it was never too bad but i knew it was there. I guess i was able to keep myself busy and i told myself it was just a phase and it would pass soon. But 6 years later, I'm at m worst and am finding it so difficult to think it'll go away. Ive lost all my faith and hope. I used to believe in so much and think...
ellie123
3 replies
05 Oct
reply: 23 hours ago
You might like to try this :))
So I just tried to introduce this idea about 40 different ways in the past hour and CtrlA & Delete beat me every time, so I'm just gonna say this, the next time you feel like you can't breathe, like your own thoughts are going to beat you, open up a word document, and type, get some paper and write, anything, anything toget them out, they don't belong there, they aren't real, they are a figment...
Believe_In_Yourself
1 replies
27 Oct
reply: 4 days and 13 hours ago
My depression is ruining my relationship and my life
I can't get out of the darkness that has taken over me. Its ruining my relationship. My boyfriend suffers as well and feels I am being selfish and never help him. I want to be able to but I can't stop crying all the time, or getting stressed and freaking out. I self harm when I can't deal and he hates it and it makes him not be able to deal. I can't stop. I know its pushing him away and he will...
Rosie16
1 replies
25 Oct
reply: 25 Oct
More from forums

Personal stories

Amanda
I used to wake up every morning and wonder if there was any point in getting out of bed and starting the day I had ahead of me. I avoided social situations and had self-image issues. I was scared of everything and didn't want to live life anymore. I had these feelings for a long time, years in fact but it wasn't until May 4, 2009 that I realised how wrong something was. Unfortunately, this was...
Hayden
I had my first period of excessive anxiety when I was 15, and am now recovering after having a second experience from 2010, when I was 18. Throughout this time I have felt like I was in a bottomless pit, always scared of losing my mind or my loved ones. In 2010 I was making the transition from school to university. Like many others my age, I moved from rural areas to start a new chapter of my...
Jacqui
My name is Jacqui, I'm 25 years old and have lived with anxiety for 12 years. I first started having anxiety attacks on a daily basis when I was 13 years old. I had just started high school and to make matters worse I was bullied throughout Year 12. I was always the quiet girl who had problems opening up. When I was 16 years old I was in Year 10 and we had a health class and we were watching a...
More personal stories

How can you help a friend?

Look icon
Look
out for the signs
Want to know more about what to look for? Check out signs and symptoms for anxiety and depression.
Listen icon
Listen
to your friend's experiences
Listening to your friend's experiences is really important. Sometimes you don't even need to say much.
Talk icon
Talk
about what's going on
Talk about what's going on... check out some tips on how to talk about depression and anxiety.
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Seek
help together
Learn about the different types of help available and where you or a friend can go to talk to a professional.

On the radar

  • 31 Oct
    The Music Feedback initiative
    West Australian musician Mama Kin has shared what mental health means to her with beyondblue Youth Speaker Annabeth Bateman, as part of the Music Feedback initiative.
  • 22 Oct
    Articles on youth mental health now available
    Youthbeyondblue is offering schools and community groups a range of ready-made articles on youth mental health for use in publications, like school newsletters or on websites.
  • 14 Oct
    National Nutrition Week
    Australians are being challenged to prepare all of their own healthy meals during National Nutrition Week (October 12-18).