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Survey: What prompted you to get help for your anxiety?

29 April 2019
Who can take part
Blue Voices members who have experienced anxiety
Time required
15 minutes

Activity Detail

Since 2017 Beyond Blue has ran a major anxiety campaign focused on increasing the public's understanding of anxiety and the stigma related. 

2019 Anxiety Campaign

Later this year we will launch phase three of the campaign, educating people on what to do next once they have identified they might be experiencing anxiety.

Research has shown on average it takes eight years from the first signs of an anxiety condition to seeking professional support.

For phase three we really want to know the things that enable and encourage people to seek support.

How you can help

We'd love to know what prompted you to seek support for your anxiety.

The insights we receive from this survey will help us develop a more targeted survey for Blue Voices members later in the year. This will help direct the messaging of phase three and make sure it is relevant and practical advice.


What is anxiety?

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has gone. Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don't go away – when they're ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause.

About the anxiety campaign

The “get to know anxiety” campaign aims to get people to understand anxiety and when to seek help. It has been broken down into different phases to achieve this.

  • Phase one launched in 2017, 'Know when anxiety is talking', focused on knowing the signs and symptoms.
  • Phase two launched in 2018, 'What you're thinking isn't what they're thinking', shone a light on perception and stigma.
  • There is a second part of phase two which will launch mid 2019 and is a revisit of messaging from phase one.

  • Phase three launching in late 2019 encouraging people to seek professional support if they think they have anxiety. 

So far, the campaign has reached almost a third of all Australians and during the last phase of the campaign a total of around 310,000 people came to the Beyond Blue website to check how they are doing and put them on the path to doing something about it.

The evaluation of phase two showed that people remembered the message but that changes in attitude will take time and that work still needs to be done increasing knowledge of signs and symptoms. For this reason, the second part of phase two will focus on these.  

Activity Results

This survey is now closed. If you would like more information on the Anxiety Campaign please contact the Blue Voices team.

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