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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.

Feeling sad?
Anxious? It can get better.

If you are having more bad days than good days and feel like life is getting you down, you might want to learn more about ways you can start to feel better.

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.

Getting the support you need

Stressing out, feeling down, getting depressed or anxious – these are common experiences for young people.

Rather than ignore these feelings and hope they go away, Youthbeyondblue encourages young people to seek help. But what does 'seeking help' actually involve? Who should you go to and how do you do it? In this video series, Youthbeyondblue takes a look at what it's like to get help from a range of professionals.

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Our Ambassadors

Jason Ball
Jason is a 25 year old Australian Rules footballer currently playing for Yarra Glen. He is a passionate advocate for anti-homophobic messaging in sport. He recently came out publicly as a gay player, believing same and both sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse people more generally, need a role model, and could benefit from his personal experience as a gay player in a male-dominated sport.
Jason
Jason Aussie Rules footballer and LGBTI advocate
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.
Dane
Dane Rising Ironman star and beyondblue advocate
Todd Nester
Todd is a 16 year old who, from a very young age, experienced anxiety and depression as a result of bullying. He was a contestant in the 2013 series of The Biggest Loser television show, where he learnt to believe in himself and how the most important step to his recovery was to start feeling good about himself again.
Todd
Todd 2013 Biggest Loser contestant and beyondblue advocate
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From the forums

My boyfriend doesn't understand.
I have clinical depression & I have had it for years. Most of the time I'm fine & it's completely manageable but every so often it gets bad. Maybe I feel particularly lonely or stressed, whatever it may be, my boyfriend doesn't know how to help me. He used to say 'Talk to me. Tell me what's wrong." over and over, but when I get seriously upset, I...
LLCx3
1 replies
20 Apr
reply: 4 days and 4 hours ago
whats next ?
why do i bother trying to help myself
David P
4 replies
13 Apr
reply: 5 days and 3 hours ago
Who could love a girl with chronic anxiety?
Originally posted by: Yolanda on 15 December 2012 I was diagnosed with a panic disorder when I was 11. I am now 17, beginning year 12 next year, and desperate to lead the anxiety free lives of all those around me! I want to be able to be approached by guys and not freak out about getting myself into anything serious, knowing that once they find out about my anxiety, it'll be a quick...
Youth Forum Archive
7 replies
15 Dec
reply: 12 Apr
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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...
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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.

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