Three million Australians have a form of depression or anxiety, but only 35% access treatment which, according to Mental Health Australia, is due to stigma.

That’s why 10 October has been declared World Mental Health Day – to eradicate the stigma around seeking help when you need it.

Based on findings of the Australian Psychological Society Stress and Wellbeing in Australia survey 2015, financial issues are considered the top cause of stress, and have been over the five years the survey has been conducted.

On top of this, the Financial Stress Survey by CoreData and Financial Mindfulness found one in three Australians feels financially stressed.

To shed some light on this growing issue, we spoke with beyondblue clinical advisor Dr Stephen Carbone about the message he wants to pass on to Australians in financial stress and his advice for maintaining wellbeing.

Three million Australians have a form of depression or anxiety, but only 35% access treatment which, according to Mental Health Australia, is due to stigma.

That’s why 10 October has been declared World Mental Health Day – to eradicate the stigma around seeking help when you need it.

Based on findings of the Australian Psychological Society Stress and Wellbeing in Australia survey 2015, financial issues are considered the top cause of stress, and have been over the five years the survey has been conducted.

On top of this, the Financial Stress Survey by CoreData and Financial Mindfulness found one in three Australians feels financially stressed.

To shed some light on this growing issue, we spoke with beyondblue clinical advisor Dr Stephen Carbone about the message he wants to pass on to Australians in financial stress and his advice for maintaining wellbeing.

Q&A with Dr Stephen Carbone – beyondblue Clinical Advisor

Q. What are the key messages you want to get out on World Mental Health Day?

Our mental and physical health are equally important. While many people look after their physical health, they don’t always pay attention to their mental health. Fortunately, many of the things that contribute to good physical health – such as regular physical activity, healthy eating and good sleep – also contribute to good mental health.

Other things that help to promote good mental health include: