Anglicare NQ provides a wide range of Youth support services across the North Queensland area including Cairns, Mareeba and Townsville, including Youth Support, Case Management, Outreach, Emergency Male and Female accommodation and Out of Home Care.
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The Great Dreamers conquered the Red Arrow today...it was hot! We then checked out the Tanks Art Gallery and finished the day with a picnic at Centenary Lakes Nature Playground...we all agreed, you are never to old for a playground, especially one that is as cool as this one ✌ ... See MoreSee Less
Recent research from Mission Australia has revealed around one-third of young people identify mental health as a national concern – more than doubling since 2015. Many of the top issues reported by young people are related to their own mental health, including coping with stress, body image and depression. Mental health was also identified as one of the major barriers to achieving work or study goals after school.
There were some positives to come out of the report – recognition of the signs of symptoms of mental health conditions are improving and stigma appears to be dropping – it is now easier for young people to talk about mental health than it was previously.
For any young people who feel like they need support for themselves, or help to start a conversation with someone who they think might need support, we have stacks of resources on Youthbeyondblue.com
You can read more about Mission Australia's annual youth survey – Australia's largest online survey of young people – here: bb.org.au/2BaemZq ... See MoreSee Less
Chriso MitchellI'd say Australian working class people in general because we're just being sold out the costs of everything are going up yet unless your in the mines wages are way behind every cost of living.
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Kylie DareThey don’t just up and come to you this ought to be in schools and compulsory
Meet Mark. Mark's a dad, a member of our blueVoices group, a beyondblue speaker, and one of the over two million people in Australia who experience anxiety each year. After experiencing the symptoms of anxiety in his teenage years, Mark reached out for support. He spoke to his GP, learned coping skills through therapy and found beyondblue in 2003. Mark now volunteers with us, sharing his story, encouraging people to seek support if they need it.
We're beyond grateful for our blueVoices members and speakers across Australia, who, like Mark, share their stories of hope, recovery and resilience. People like Mark are vital to good mental health in Australia, as they encourage people to contact our Support Service and seek the support they need.
Every year, thousands contact us to talk things through. We need to make sure that every call, web chat and email gets answered. It is with your generous support that we're able to ensure that people like Mark can continue to advocate for mental health and wellbeing in Australia.
Lesley EdmondIt's people like you who make the world a nicer place. Thank you
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Bev DunnWell done. Its not easy when you have to try and talk to someone who hasnt suffered from it. I call them text book therapists. They have no idea of what we really go through on a daily struggle.
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Sandy CoiroEveryone means well but in my experience the best people to talk to are the ones who have gone through anxiety & depression as they are the best judge to help you.They know the depths you go & how to help with coping skills.
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Kim StevensonI had no idea what depression was like until cancer and chemotherapy came along.
I now understand and feel for those who have faced it everyday for years.
Alcohol, drugs, gambling and addiction can be risk factors for mental health conditions. Join us on 12 December, at 12.30PM (AEST) for a free mental health Q&A session on the beyondblue online forums. Our Clinical Adviser, Jay Jaggard, will be answering your questions about alcohol, drugs, gambling and addiction – and providing tips, advice and support. ... See MoreSee Less
Road of Recovery, is Launching Hug a Friend Day to coincide with Australia Day... I am very Grateful for my friends...even though I have Bipolar 1, OCD and Anxiety I’ve always had friends who stood by me...I don’t think I would have made it through the fifteen years of suicidal thinking from Aged 21 through to my 30’s without the love and support of my friends...I’m 51 now and life is good, I’ve recovered well...I’d like to encourage you all to support your friends as much as you can...you may never know the difference you can make in someone’s life just by being there, and being kind... Show your friends you care by participating in Hug a Friend Day...
Maya. I knew her way back since she was a little adopted baby born on Xmas day. Holding her I felt a sense of inner peace. She was all warm and wrapped up like a much loved Xmas present. I wanted to bestow love on her just like her glowing mother and father did who had patiently waited so long for her to arrive from India. She was like no other with her dark exotic looks and strong personality shining through. As we grew up together we shared many positive and wonderful experiences together. We’d go on glorious summer family holidays together and play away and roll in the sand together without a care in the world. Our friendship went from strength to strength as we’d walk side by side along the beach and then gaze up at the stars at night wishing each other all the best in life. Back in Melbourne we’d also hang out together at each others places making cupcakes, patting the family dog and having a bit of a laugh always and a good time. We did many things together such as swimming, going to the movies, shopping and playing our favourite game hide and seek. However little did I know that Maya was going to seek out drugs during her short life which really put our friendship to the test. During my late teens and early twenties I had to bear Maya and her growing and uncontrollable drug addiction. This really hit her hard. It started with alcohol and Marihuana at first and then moved onto acid and Heroin. We faced many trials and tribulations over these dark fortuitous years. I started to fear her as she turned ugly and would beg me for favours and money just as I was beginning to find my place in the working world. Things got even worse as she did anything she could to fund her drug addiction. Unfortunately I became an easy target as she began to attack my closet and wallet. However it was the taking of my clothes which caused me the most despair. The minute my back was turned she’d grab my precious clothes and put them underneath her clothes or into her backpack or by any other clever means she could. It took a while for me to put two and two together about all these mysterious losses and disappearances which were so distressing to me. At first I didn’t know what was happening. I thought maybe the cleaning lady or unknown people coming to the house were taking my beloved things. It felt like hell on earth as all my beautiful and best clothing began to disappear and do a mass exodus. Even when my clothes were replaced they again soon did a vanishing act. Nothing felt safe anymore. However it was my incredibly astute mother who was the first to suspect Maya of taking and possibly selling my designer clothes to fund her drug addiction. As she put two and two together our friendship began to fall apart. I felt violated and shaken to the very core. My designer clothes were everything to me. I had worked so hard to attain them and now they were all gone and part of my soul had gone missing as well. I began to hate Maya and wanted nothing to do with her. I remember ringing up her mother one Xmas day and forbidding her to bring Maya to our house. This caused her poor mother who had also being targeted great distress as she said they could no longer come to our place as a family. Even when her weak mother would afterwards buy me expensive gifts to try to make up for all of Mayas wrongdoing I still couldn’t get over what Maya had done. I’d move away from her and shun her at many parties especially Christmas gatherings which also happened to be her birthday. Even when she sent me a long heartfelt apology letter years later when she became clean for a while I still couldn’t find it in my heart to forgive her. Things were never the same again. She had taken my very soul. However this year when I found out her soul had left this earth at the tender age of thirty six following a fatal overdose it really shook me to the core. All of a sudden I began to miss her like a long lost friend and wished I’d gone easier on her and had more to do with her during her later life. This realization was brought to me by my wonderful psychiatric nurse Helen who knows all about the nature and workings of drug addiction. Having gone out and witnessed the homeless and disadvantaged suffering drug addiction first hand it suddenly dawned on me that she was not responsible for her actions just like in many ways I also was not responsible for my shopping addiction. It also taught me that life is far more than just being like a material girl like in the Madonna song we used to tune into when we were younger and is in fact the hollow story of my life.
beyondblueHi Eleni, thank you having the courage to share your story with us. We are very saddened to learn of the hardships both yourself and Maya faced. We have very recently opened up a multicultural thread on our forums and would really encourage you sharing your experience here, it may help many others and you will also be able to receive some peer advice from others who may have been through similar experiences. www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/multicultural-experiences We are also holding a Live Chat next week with one of our resident Clinicians Jay, Jay specialises in addiction and may be able to provide some clarity. Let us know if you have any questions and we hope to see you on the forums!
Markus Anthony BenjaminIt's not done, it's just beginning. What about the Trans community? We can't get married as the gender we identify as without having invasive surgery to remove or modify our ability to have children.
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