Beyond Blue celebrates Mental Health Week with a message for all Australians to make their mental health a priority

5 October 2015

This Mental Health Week (October 4-10), Beyond Blue is encouraging all Australians to put their mental health first and take positive steps in their lives to improve their mental wellbeing.

  • This week, Beyond Blue will conduct a live webchat on Thursday 8 October with Dr Stephen Carbone for a GP’s tips on staying mentally healthy and how to get the best out of your relationship with your doctor.
  • Good mental health tips will be promoted on social media throughout the week.

Following on from the success of Beyond Blue’s first live webchat on World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, there will be a second live chat event on Thursday 8 October with Beyond Blue’s Policy, Evaluation and Research Leader Dr Stephen Carbone, who is a General Practitioner, to answer questions and provide advice and tips for maintaining good mental health.

Beyond Blue Chairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC said with one in six Australians experiencing depression or anxiety or both at any given time, most people would know someone with a mental health problem.

“There are things we promote at Beyond Blue, such as making time to see friends and family, maintaining a good diet and getting regular exercise, and enough sleep, which reduce the risk factors that can lead to depression or anxiety,” he said.

“Untreated mental health conditions not only cost Australian workplaces $11 billion a year, but untreated depression is also a big risk factor for suicide.”

“This shows the need to take action both at home and at work; making changes in your personal life can boost mental health and reduce the risk of experiencing depression or anxiety, while workplaces that make mental health a priority will see an improvement in their company’s bottom line.”

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