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Topic: Young people interested in a career/studies in mental health

11 posts, 0 answered
  1. Gabstar77
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    9 January 2019

    Hi, I'm Gabby.

    I am about to begin my first year in a Bachelor of Psychology. I am interested in doing volunteer work in mental health, that is what lead me to this website.

    I thought it might be meaningful to join the forum while I'm here, in the hopes of making like-minded friends.

    A bit of background about me: I am a christian, I battle with anxiety and episodes of depression, but I am passionate about making a difference in other people's lives and making our world a bit brighter. I feel very strongly about mental health, travelling on the road to recovery and reducing the stigma around it.

    If anyone is similar to me, lets chat!

  2. jess334
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    9 January 2019 in reply to Gabstar77

    Hi Gabby,

    Welcome to the forums!

    Congrats on getting into your preferred uni course. I hope you enjoy your first year.

    Beyond Blue has some great volunteer roles that you can be part of. Have you looked into Blue Voices? They are always looking for new people and thoughts from someone who is studying psychology might be useful.

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-involved/bluevoices

    I hope to see you around the forums some more.

    Kind thoughts, Jess

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  3. MsPurple
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    9 January 2019 in reply to Gabstar77

    Hi Gabstar77 and welcome to the forums

    Congrats on getting into your course. :)

    I am glad you are passionate about breaking the stigma and helping others. Unfortunately the stigma is still there, but we are working on it and hopefully one day people won't worry about their job if they open up about their mental health.

    If you ever want to chat about your recovery feel free to do so here. Although you are studying psychology, opening up to others can still be so helpful. Remember a doctor still needs to see another doctor as well

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  4. Gabstar77
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    15 January 2019 in reply to jess334

    Thanks Jess334! It should be great!

    Sorry I am replying so late, I didn't expect the post to go through so quickly and I sort of forgot about it, until now haha.

    No,I have not come across Blue Voices before! I think I will apply. :)

    Is this something that you are a part of?

  5. Gabstar77
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    15 January 2019 in reply to MsPurple

    Hello, and thanks heaps for your support, MsPurple!!

    I agree, but all we can do is try. The world is making many developments and has changed a lot in the past 20 years alone.

    Yes!! No one has all the answers, and sometimes a fresh perspective is so helpful.

    Out of curiosity, how long have you been using these forums? and what brought you here in the first place?

  6. jess334
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    16 January 2019 in reply to Gabstar77

    Hi Gabstar,

    I was a blue voice member for a few years. I helped out with surveys and even a video.

    Now I volunteer as a Community Champion, welcoming and supporting others on the forums.

    Jess

  7. White Rose
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    16 January 2019 in reply to Gabstar77

    Dear Gabstar

    Hello and welcome to the forum.Congratulations on being accepted to you course. I went to uni in my forties and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I hope you will enjoy the experience. Do you have plans to become a psychologist?

    There are many people on this forum that are passionate about mental health and helping others. It's good to wander around the site and look at the resources BB has to offer. Go to the Get Involved tab at the top of the page. You will find information about volunteering and a number of other options including Blue Voices. Check out the literature under The Facts. Have a good look around.

    If you would like to talk about your own experiences with mental health then start a new thread. Please feel free to join other threads and offer your support. Glad you took the plunge.

    Mary

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  8. Gabstar77
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    18 January 2019 in reply to jess334

    Oh wow, cool!

    so that's what that means. That's awesome, nice work!

  9. jess334
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    18 January 2019 in reply to Gabstar77

    Thanks, it's very rewarding.

    There is a good post here that explains what our badges mean:

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/welcome-and-orientation/badges-

  10. Gabstar77
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    19 January 2019 in reply to White Rose

    Hi White Rose!

    Yes, I would like to become a psychologist or a guidance counsellor, both working with youth. Completing studies is a fantastic accomplishment! What was your course?

    To be honest, I got quite overwhelmed by all the other threads, so I started my own. I might do a more through search for some threads similar to mine.

    Sweet, I will delve a bit further into the site. Thanks for the advice!

    Yeah, it' s a great new experience. Glad to be here.

    From Gabstar77

  11. Gabstar77
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    19 January 2019 in reply to jess334

    I had a quick look at those. Very nice! This is such a great initiative. Something that I just stumbled across and had never heard of before. It should be marketed more widely.

    From Gabstar77