Today we’re delighted to announce that former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard has been unanimously elected by the beyondblue Board of Directors as our incoming Chair. Ms Gillard will take over from our founder and Chairman Jeff Kennett when he steps down on 30 June this year.

Mr Kennett said this morning “in Julia we have found someone who is emotionally committed to the cause...
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Any form of bullying is unacceptable and can lead to depression, anxiety or suicide. Everyone plays a role in calling out hurtful behaviour towards others at work, school or online.

Today, on National Day of Action against Bullying, our friends' headspace celebrate a year since they released the anti-bullying online tool reword. The tool – that's helped protect thousands of young Australians...
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Most Australians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world – but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Indigenous Australians can expect to live up to 10-17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians and their health, education and employment outcomes are worse than non-Indigenous people.

Australia has promised to close this gap on health, education,...
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Take action in support of health equality | Pledge to Close the Gap

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“To a lot of you, I think, I seem like the happiest person on the planet. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need…But postnatal depression does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it…And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do.”

Chrissy Teigen, former Sports Illustrated...
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Chrissy Teigen's emotional confession : "I’ve hated hiding this from you."

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Filled with pride, joy and laughter, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a true celebration of the strength and diversity of LGBTI communities and love in all its forms We'd like to wish everyone heading to Mardi Gras, a safe and enjoyable time and if someone doesn't seem like themselves, to take action or seek support before the blues take over.

While we're not marching this year, we'll be...
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Part of what makes Australia such a great country – aside from our amazing beaches and excellent coffee – is that we are home to a diverse population.

Unfortunately though, discrimination of people who are different to others still exists and it can happen to anyone – even when there are very clear laws against it. No matter who you are, nobody deserves to be discriminated against, 'asks for...
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"I'm going to do what is best for my health because I've put that off for too long and it's not going to get better by ignoring it.”

Dealing with a relationship breakup and the pressures of a growing career in the music industry, 25-year-old Melody Pool found herself in what she describes as a “glass bubble” – experiencing depression and anxiety and being “unable to function.” Last night on...
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Singer-songwriter Melody Pool takes time off to focus on mental health.

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“Reaching out to one person can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world.” – Katherine Vjero

Today, Random Acts of Kindness Day, is an annual reminder that in a world where you can be anything, be kind. Even the simplest acts; holding open a door, buying a stranger a coffee, or calling someone to check in, could brighten someone’s day and improve their wellbeing –...
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"Do you have a date for Valentine’s Day?” Yes, February 14th ;)
We understand that not everyone gets excited about Valentine’s Day, for some of you, the constant sight of roses and cards can make you feel nauseous.

But remember that you don’t need to have a special someone to celebrate – or just one day – everyone plays a special role in your life, most importantly, YOU!

Today’s an...
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A big part of the journey towards better mental health is discovering what you personally find effective. 16 year old Keira Bailey recently shared her homemade mental health tracker online – a simple and effective way to monitor your daily mood and visually remind yourself that that bad days will pass. What works for you? For more ideas, connect with others in our Online Forums: bb.org.au/2jBMCUV

A colorful way to track your mental health

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“I wear the pants, Clive, not you.”

Carolyn Tate’s anxiety used to stop her going to parties, job interviews and talking to anyone but her mum on the phone. This all changed when she gave her anxiety a name; Clive.

“Clive allowed me to recognise that anxiety is separate from me. It helped me divorce myself from a situation that was overwhelming and consuming, and allows me to see that...
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I named my anxiety Clive and it changed my life

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For many of you, talking about your depression or anxiety isn't always easy. Sometimes it can feel difficult to explain what’s going on – like you're the only one who understands. Likewise, people often struggle to know what to say to someone who they’re worried about.

Today is #TimetoTalk Day – a day about breaking the silence around mental health. In support of Time to Change, we want to...
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It’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions, but we all know that sticking to them is the hard part. While resolutions can be motivating and exciting, we’re encouraging you all to forget about them and instead focus on small achievable goals that can improve your wellbeing.

Setting realistic expectations – while working towards long-term life goals – can improve your mood, self-confidence and...
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Today is a time to celebrate and reflect on all the events, lives, tragedies and triumphs that have made us who we are today. From the first steps on our shores, through the First Fleet, the gold rush, and the many waves of migration – we’ve all made a contribution.

It’s a time to reflect on the impact that colonisation has had on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people –...
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As the school holidays come to an end, it’s pretty normal to deal with some groans and grumbles. But for some kids, the thought of returning to school can make them feel quite unsettled and anxious.

Preparation is key when dealing with situations where there are lots of unknowns. The more things feel familiar and controlled, the more your child or young person can relax and feel confident...
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Tackling back-to-school anxiety

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We’re currently looking for people to join blueVoices – our online reference group – who help guide, shape and inform our work through personal experiences of depression, anxiety and suicide.

As a member, you’ll be able to connect with the rest of the community online, join discussions, participate in research and take part in activities to inform beyondblue projects. It’s a rewarding way to...
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Looking to make a difference this year?

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“Every gig I do, there’s someone in the audience who has been affected by mental health or knows someone that has been, and when I share my story they share theirs.” – Mel Yeates.

One-woman movement, 'A Girl, Her Car and Her Guitar’, began after what Mel described as the most difficult years of her life; losing two friends in a devastating accident, a close family friend to suicide and her...
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While it can be tough, the key is not to bail out at the peak of any anxiety, but rather stick with it until the anxiety subsides – even a little – as this will help train your mind to realise that the white knuckle moment will eventually pass and that you can get through it.

If you're managing anxiety, there are steps you can take and strategies you can learn to interrupt your body’s natural...
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Understanding Anxiety: What It Actually Feels Like

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“I want the badges to start a conversation, make everyone feel part of something and help them brave the path to ending stigma.” – Kat Selwyn

Kat created #EndTheStigma ‘badges’ to remind people experiencing a mental health condition that they’re not alone. People all around the world have jumped on board sharing the badges and their incredible personal stories – helping to smash the stigma...
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Getting back into the swing of things after the holidays can be difficult. Whether you’re back at work or still recovering from all the hype of Christmas – now is the perfect time to start looking after yourself to ensure stress doesn’t creep up on you.

Learning to handle stress in healthy ways with simple techniques – like the ones below – can help you take control of your mental and...
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