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Mental health still taboo even in modern society?

Last week our Year 11 students were lucky enough to meet a group of individuals who were willing to share their personal experiences of mental health issues. Students were surprised to hear how widespread illnesses such as bipolar disorder, OCD and depression really were. They were also shocked at how many difficulties people face when trying to be open and honest about their illnesses. In recent years many high profile people have stood up to encourage greater awareness and understanding of mental illness. How affective has this been? Are we better as a society at dealing with these things now or is their still a lot of work to be done?

Although we have certainly moved on from the days where mental illness was seen as a form of entertainment we still don't understand it enough in wider society

Stats around the story.

  • One in four adults suffers from a mental health issue.
  • Nine out of 10 mental health sufferers say they have experienced stigma because of their illness.
  • 45% of 25 to 34-year-olds feel celebrities talking about their mental health issues have made them more aware of the stigma that surrounds the illness.

Watch The Saturdays' Frankie Sandford talking about her experiences