Silenus is an active member of BlueBoard, a mental health support forum that is run by the Australian National University.

It is a truly wonderful place with so many amazing people, each struggling with their own particular manifestations of depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, ObsessIVE CompulsIVE DisorDER, schizophrenia and many other mental health issues. At the same time, they are trying to find their way to a fulfilling life that does not hurt those around them, and they are supporting each other through some of the toughest things that anyone will ever go through in their lives.

It is one of my favourite places on earth, this BlueBoard.

Alas, there are some things that cannot be openly discussed on BlueBoard. Suicide is one of those.

So, I started my own mental health support forum, not because I wanted to compete with BlueBoard, but because I felt that it was important to always create more places where support can be found. The reaching out of a helping hand, of love, of caring and sharing, is an important part of our mental health, our Mental Wealth.

If you have ever been concerned about certain mood states in your life, or have a friend who is struggling, maybe it would help to reach out and connect with others who are going through similar struggles. In that, I urge everyone to consider joining or just visiting BlueBoard, The Black Dog Institute, Beyond Blue, or even my humble little Mental Wealth forum.

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