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Young people ‘fear stigma’ if they ask for mental-health help

BBC – Staff Writer

“Over three-quarters of young people say there is a stigma to mental illness and a quarter would not ask for help if they were suffering, a survey suggests. Almost half of 2,215 16- to 25-year-olds polled by YouGov for the Prince’s Trust said they had themselves experienced a mental health problem. And a third of these felt admitting to problems could harm their job chances. Fear of stigma was a “major obstacle” to finding help, said Prof Louise Arseneault, of Kings College London. A third of the young people sampled also said they would worry about appearing weak if they sought help, and most said they would not want to confide in anyone at all.”(more)

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