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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

My advice for our generation
Hi, Im a teen who has always had a problem with depression. About a year ago now, my depression became severe and I attempted to take my life. I was taken into hospital and began a journey of recovery, which I still embark on today. Im just like your average guy, sporty, a bit silly, a tad nerdy. In my experience, Ive found these things helped me: #1. Talk to people.  It can be so...
the batman
2 replies
18 Nov
reply: 2 days and 11 hours ago
How to tell my parents
I think I am suffering from a mix of depression and anxiety and would like to tell my parents. I feel like I can trust them with this, especially seeing as my mother used to have depression. However, whenever I try to ask to talk to them privately I can't get the words out. Every time I try, I fail and I don't know what to do. Sometimes when I've been in private with one or both of them they...
Lyra_
2 replies
11 Nov
reply: 3 days and 17 hours ago
Bond with cousien
I have a bond with my cousien where i have strong feeling and emotions almost as much as love, But i have no sexal desier from her. I cant live or be awary from her without crying and get sad\deresspped    
jacob lind
1 replies
16 Nov
reply: 5 days and 19 hours ago
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.
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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

  • 13 Nov
    The Mannequin Project
    Social change agency EntertainThinkInspire has launched a new project encouraging Australians to view and talk about their bodies in a more positive way.
  • 10 Nov
    Year 13
    Young people considering what to do after high school can find a range of useful information on Year 13, a website about post school options.
  • 1 Nov
    Movember
    Men and woman of all ages can help change the face of men’s health by becoming Mo Bros and Mo Sistas this Movember.