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People with mental health problems say that the social stigma attached to mental ill health and the discrimination they experience can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover.

1 in 4 of us are likely to experience mental health problems each year. This means that even more of us are likely to know and care about someone currently experiencing mental health problems.

The most common mental health problems are depression, anxiety, and stress. Depression affects around 1 in 5 people and anxiety around 1 in 10.

​Most people who experience mental health problems recover fully, or are able to live with and manage them, especially if they get help early on.

But even though so many people are affected, there is a strong social stigma attached to mental ill health, and people with mental health problems can experience discrimination in all aspects of their lives.

If you know someone who has trouble with their mental health, assure them that they are not alone. Make sure to educate others who may be ignorant or make comments in passing.

Useful resource – TED Talks video: Breaking the Stigma and Shame of Mental Illness-

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