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Monday 23 October 2017

Mental health still has stigma, says study

a slim majority of Irish people still view mental health problems as a sign of failure, new research suggests.

St Patrick's Mental Health Services have carried out an investigation on people's perception of mental health in this country.

One in five claim that they would not trust someone who previously had a mental health problem.

And only 54pc of respondents hold the view that Irish people would willingly accept someone with a mental health problem as a close friend.

The findings were published to coincide with World Suicide Awareness Day and show that there is still a stigma associated with mental health issues.

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St Patrick's Mental Health Services has described the results of this recent survey as "very disappointing".

The organisation pointed out that people who are proactively seeking and receiving help are taking a courageous step on the road to recovery.

The research was conducted online with 506 adults aged between 18 and 70 taking part.

The organisation said that there is a clear need to tackle misunderstandings and stigmatising attitudes towards those in receipt of mental health supports.

It's vital we educate ourselves on understanding mental health and managing it, St Patrick's Mental Health Services added.

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