Annalise Braakensiek



  • http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/she-has-stepped-up-time-and-again/ar-BBRSJH8?ocid=ientp

    What in the world is happening when the spokesperson for the RU OK campaign isn’t asked that question ??

    Look I can’t say this enough , if anyone needs someone to talk to about anything please don’t be afraid to ask for help

    Life’s tough enough and we’ve all taken on huge burdens by becoming WT’s supporters

    But in saying that we are all in the same boat , if we can’t help you , we will do our darnedest to find someone who will

    There is no embarrassment , you are not any less a man or woman if you ask for help

    Think about it , you don’t know how this effects everyone around you , family , friends , colleagues

    Here is a real scary one ……did you know that when parents commit suicide , 70% of their children attempt suicide also

    So I have one last question before I sign off

    Is everyone OK ?? Think about it before you answer Are you OK ??



  • Good on you Happy! Very caring post. I’ll add to your post by saying I’ve fully recovered from serious mental health illness. If anyone every needs to or wants to chat - just private message me. Cheers!



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    http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/she-has-stepped-up-time-and-again/ar-BBRSJH8?ocid=ientp

    What in the world is happening when the spokesperson for the RU OK campaign isn’t asked that question ??

    Look I can’t say this enough , if anyone needs someone to talk to about anything please don’t be afraid to ask for help

    Life’s tough enough and we’ve all taken on huge burdens by becoming WT’s supporters

    But in saying that we are all in the same boat , if we can’t help you , we will do our darnedest to find someone who will

    There is no embarrassment , you are not any less a man or woman if you ask for help

    Think about it , you don’t know how this effects everyone around you , family , friends , colleagues

    Here is a real scary one ……did you know that when parents commit suicide , 70% of their children attempt suicide also

    So I have one last question before I sign off

    Is everyone OK ?? Think about it before you answer Are you OK ??

    Mate awesome post, as someone who struggles with depression and mental illness this is crucial. Seek help when you need it, I’ve made the mistake in the past thinking it is weak to seek help and have ended up in some pretty bad situations. Please ask for help when you need it and keep an eye on your loved ones.



  • Yep great post Happy.



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    http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/she-has-stepped-up-time-and-again/ar-BBRSJH8?ocid=ientp

    What in the world is happening when the spokesperson for the RU OK campaign isn’t asked that question ??

    Look I can’t say this enough , if anyone needs someone to talk to about anything please don’t be afraid to ask for help

    Life’s tough enough and we’ve all taken on huge burdens by becoming WT’s supporters

    But in saying that we are all in the same boat , if we can’t help you , we will do our darnedest to find someone who will

    There is no embarrassment , you are not any less a man or woman if you ask for help

    Think about it , you don’t know how this effects everyone around you , family , friends , colleagues

    Here is a real scary one ……did you know that when parents commit suicide , 70% of their children attempt suicide also

    So I have one last question before I sign off

    Is everyone OK ?? Think about it before you answer Are you OK ??

    Mate awesome post, as someone who struggles with depression and mental illness this is crucial. Seek help when you need it, I’ve made the mistake in the past thinking it is weak to seek help and have ended up in some pretty bad situations. Please ask for help when you need it and keep an eye on your loved ones.

    You are quite right and the worst thing you can do is bottle it up inside and believe you can get through it on your own



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    http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/she-has-stepped-up-time-and-again/ar-BBRSJH8?ocid=ientp

    What in the world is happening when the spokesperson for the RU OK campaign isn’t asked that question ??

    Look I can’t say this enough , if anyone needs someone to talk to about anything please don’t be afraid to ask for help

    Life’s tough enough and we’ve all taken on huge burdens by becoming WT’s supporters

    But in saying that we are all in the same boat , if we can’t help you , we will do our darnedest to find someone who will

    There is no embarrassment , you are not any less a man or woman if you ask for help

    Think about it , you don’t know how this effects everyone around you , family , friends , colleagues

    Here is a real scary one ……did you know that when parents commit suicide , 70% of their children attempt suicide also

    So I have one last question before I sign off

    Is everyone OK ?? Think about it before you answer Are you OK ??

    Mate awesome post, as someone who struggles with depression and mental illness this is crucial. Seek help when you need it, I’ve made the mistake in the past thinking it is weak to seek help and have ended up in some pretty bad situations. Please ask for help when you need it and keep an eye on your loved ones.

    You are quite right and the worst thing you can do is bottle it up inside and believe you can get through it on your own

    I always thought I could deal with stuff myself and that worked until it didn’t and I suffered a massive public breakdown that destroyed my life.



  • R.I.P

    Remember her from FAT PIZZA.
    What a beauty.

    EDIT: No info on cause of death? Nothing suspicious.

    Happy tiger appreciation btw. What a good guy and an amazing poster on this site.



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    http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/she-has-stepped-up-time-and-again/ar-BBRSJH8?ocid=ientp

    What in the world is happening when the spokesperson for the RU OK campaign isn’t asked that question ??

    Look I can’t say this enough , if anyone needs someone to talk to about anything please don’t be afraid to ask for help

    Life’s tough enough and we’ve all taken on huge burdens by becoming WT’s supporters

    But in saying that we are all in the same boat , if we can’t help you , we will do our darnedest to find someone who will

    There is no embarrassment , you are not any less a man or woman if you ask for help

    Think about it , you don’t know how this effects everyone around you , family , friends , colleagues

    Here is a real scary one ……did you know that when parents commit suicide , 70% of their children attempt suicide also

    So I have one last question before I sign off

    Is everyone OK ?? Think about it before you answer Are you OK ??

    Mate awesome post, as someone who struggles with depression and mental illness this is crucial. Seek help when you need it, I’ve made the mistake in the past thinking it is weak to seek help and have ended up in some pretty bad situations. Please ask for help when you need it and keep an eye on your loved ones.

    You are quite right and the worst thing you can do is bottle it up inside and believe you can get through it on your own

    I always thought I could deal with stuff myself and that worked until it didn’t and I suffered a massive public breakdown that destroyed my life.

    So sorry to hear that mate. My wife asked me several years ago if I thought I was depressed and I just about bit her head off. Five years later on a visit to my GP I realised that I was deeply depressed. It’s tough to admit it to yourself but help is available. I don’t think it ever goes away but for me it’s very manageable these days although there are still some days that are dark.
    Good luck to you and to all on this forum who are afflicted by depression and other mental health disorders. I can only reinforce happy tiger’s excellent post. If you need help don’t be ashamed to ask for it. You’ll find as I did that people are very supportive.



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    R.I.P

    Remember her from FAT PIZZA.
    What a beauty.

    EDIT: No info on cause of death? Nothing suspicious.

    Happy tiger appreciation btw. What a good guy and an amazing poster on this site.

    Thanks Demps , but I wouldn’t wish what I go through daily on anyone

    I just clicked up 29 years on losing a close mate to suicide , being the last person that ever spoke to him and sticking him in a cab thinking I had him in a better place and then having him get out of the cab 400 metres away and jumping off a bridge

    If I had a dollar for every time I asked myself “if only I had ……”

    Ask the tough questions …if something doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t …



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    R.I.P

    Remember her from FAT PIZZA.
    What a beauty.

    EDIT: No info on cause of death? Nothing suspicious.

    Happy tiger appreciation btw. What a good guy and an amazing poster on this site.

    Thanks Demps , but I wouldn’t wish what I go through daily on anyone

    I just clicked up 29 years on losing a close mate to suicide , being the last person that ever spoke to him and sticking him in a cab thinking I had him in a better place and then having him get out of the cab 400 metres away and jumping off a bridge

    If I had a dollar for every time I asked myself “if only I had ……”

    Ask the tough questions …if something doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t …

    Hey mate,
    That’s horrible and I know how tough that can be, I just hit 22 years since after an argument with a mate he intentionally put his car into a tree. It never fully leaves you and is something I think of everyday and the “if onlys” don’t ever stop, but you have made a difference by just posting this thread let alone the lives you impact everyday.



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    http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/she-has-stepped-up-time-and-again/ar-BBRSJH8?ocid=ientp

    What in the world is happening when the spokesperson for the RU OK campaign isn’t asked that question ??

    Look I can’t say this enough , if anyone needs someone to talk to about anything please don’t be afraid to ask for help

    Life’s tough enough and we’ve all taken on huge burdens by becoming WT’s supporters

    But in saying that we are all in the same boat , if we can’t help you , we will do our darnedest to find someone who will

    There is no embarrassment , you are not any less a man or woman if you ask for help

    Think about it , you don’t know how this effects everyone around you , family , friends , colleagues

    Here is a real scary one ……did you know that when parents commit suicide , 70% of their children attempt suicide also

    So I have one last question before I sign off

    Is everyone OK ?? Think about it before you answer Are you OK ??

    Mate awesome post, as someone who struggles with depression and mental illness this is crucial. Seek help when you need it, I’ve made the mistake in the past thinking it is weak to seek help and have ended up in some pretty bad situations. Please ask for help when you need it and keep an eye on your loved ones.

    You are quite right and the worst thing you can do is bottle it up inside and believe you can get through it on your own

    I always thought I could deal with stuff myself and that worked until it didn’t and I suffered a massive public breakdown that destroyed my life.

    It is in human psyche to consider ourselves to be bullet proof without a care in the world(especially men)but reality is far from the truth.We all need help and support to get through life and provide the same support to people in need.Depression is one of the most difficult challenges in life because unlike just about all other diseases people tend to think they can deal with it themselves instead of seeking help.
    Stay strong Cochise and seek help when you need it,no matter how big the hole you think you are in someone will help you out of.Take care



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    @:

    @:

    R.I.P

    Remember her from FAT PIZZA.
    What a beauty.

    EDIT: No info on cause of death? Nothing suspicious.

    Happy tiger appreciation btw. What a good guy and an amazing poster on this site.

    Thanks Demps , but I wouldn’t wish what I go through daily on anyone

    I just clicked up 29 years on losing a close mate to suicide , being the last person that ever spoke to him and sticking him in a cab thinking I had him in a better place and then having him get out of the cab 400 metres away and jumping off a bridge

    If I had a dollar for every time I asked myself “if only I had ……”

    Ask the tough questions …if something doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t …

    Hey mate,
    That’s horrible and I know how tough that can be, I just hit 22 years since after an argument with a mate he intentionally put his car into a tree. It never fully leaves you and is something I think of everyday and the “if onlys” don’t ever stop, but you have made a difference by just posting this thread let alone the lives you impact everyday.

    I’m so sorry to hear that

    My reason for posting this article and telling my story was also hearing just recently that 8 Australians every day ( 2 women and 6 men on average ) commit suicide , we need to be doing more , depression is an illness that rarely show outward signs until it is far too late

    Fortunately anti depressants can help greatly control the symptoms and keep people more on a level keel

    Mental illness as a whole needs to be more readily accepted as an illness , when experts talk about 1 in 3 people suffering depression at some stage in their lives you need to be asking questions of your friends , family ,Doctors

    Beyond Blue has a list of questions about depression , but always consult your Doctor

    Another concern for many is money and psychologists fees , many patients can qualify to see health professionals for 10 free consultations / year



  • Great posts by all.
    I work in the Health Industry and deal with people with mental health issues from a security perspective.
    It’s not easy to see people who are tormented and suffering, but there is so much of it out there.
    And it must be said, even in emergency departments, patients with mental illness are treated differently from people with a physical illness - it just isn’t right.
    The advice given needs to be repeated again and again - ask for help.
    Good on you Happy for once again raising this topic. It needs to be brought to people’s attention more often.
    The Christmas/New Year period is particularly hard for many mental health patients and we need to be particularly vigilant at this time.



  • A friend of mine committed suicide last week. This was tragic and it hit me pretty hard. My 14 yo son overdosed on anti-depressants last year. My dad and both of my brothers have suffered from depression.

    Suicide is the no 1 cause of death for people aged between 15 and 44 in Australia.

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    What in the world is happening when the spokesperson for the RU OK campaign isn’t asked that question ??

    I don’t agree with this comment though. It’s not as simple as asking someone if you are okay and then everything somehow working out. She could have been asked multiple times.

    The post above related to care is very true. When my son had problems the care was really really cheap.

    Depression though is really complex. For instance counselling didn’t help my son but participating in sports and stopping the chaos (slowly) in his life helped.



  • @:

    A friend of mine committed suicide last week. This was tragic and it hit me pretty hard. My 14 yo son overdosed on anti-depressants last year. My dad and both of my brothers have suffered from depression.

    Suicide is the no 1 cause of death for people aged between 15 and 44 in Australia.

    @:

    What in the world is happening when the spokesperson for the RU OK campaign isn’t asked that question ??

    I don’t agree with this comment though. It’s not as simple as asking someone if you are okay and then everything somehow working out. She could have been asked multiple times.

    The post above related to care is very true. When my son had problems the care was really really cheap.

    Depression though is really complex. For instance counselling didn’t help my son but participating in sports and stopping the chaos (slowly) in his life helped.

    I am often reminded of the saying “you are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child”. Its tough being a parent of child that is suffering. Hope things improve for you and yours Earl.


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