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Mental Health

We all have mental health, like we all have physical health

We all have physical health and we all have mental health. Each will vary from time to time. And it's important we take care of both to promote our overall wellbeing.

We can all get mental health problems too

Actually, they might be more common than you think. One in four of us will be affected by a mental health problem in any given year. They are as real as a broken arm, and they can have a greater effect on everyday life - even though there isn't a sling or plaster cast to show for it.

Stigma and Discrimination

It's quite likely that one day you, one of your friends, colleagues or family members will experience a mental health problem. Yet mental illness is still surrounded by prejudice, ignorance and fear.

What does this mean?

The attitudes people have towards those of us with mental health problems mean it is harder for them to work, make friends and in short, live a normal life. Please visit

  • People become isolated
  • They are excluded from everyday activities
  • It is harder to get or keep a job
  • People can be reluctant to seek help, which makes recovery slower and more difficult
  • Their physical health is affected.

Many people say that being discriminated against in work and social situations can be a bigger burden than the illness itself. It has an impact on society and the economy too, when people who can work are denied the opportunity to, and when people are prevented from playing an active role in their communities.

How widespread is stigma?

Despite attitudes about sexuality, ethnicity and other similar issues improving, and despite some improvements, discrimination against people with mental health problems is still widespread.

Nine out of ten (87%)of people with mental health problems reported the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on their lives. The research also showed that the way family, friends, neighbours and colleagues behave can have a big impact on the lives of people with mental health problems.

How can I help?

You can help us create a society where mental health problems are not hidden in shame and secrecy. You can ensure your friend or relative is not afraid to speak out about their problems, or is left wondering where they can turn for help.

You can read more about the stigma and discrimination of living with mental health issues by visiting

Mental Health Awareness

As part of the national mental health awareness campaign the following topics are being promoted. You can find out more by clicking on the appropriate link.

Below is a link to a presentation that has been produced by the NHS in support of helping to build resilient communities and reduce the instance of mental health.

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