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Poll: Should Irish people be more open about mental health problems?

New initiatives are aiming to reduce the stigma around psychological issues. Do you think this is still a problem in Ireland?

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MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS of students in Irish colleges would keep it a secret if they were experiencing mental health issues, according to a new survey released today.

The research from the See Change group aims to highlight attitudes towards psychological problems – with the group stating that prejudice around mental health can sometimes cause more damage than the health issues themselves.

However, researchers said most people who responded to the survey were open to and understanding of mental health problems – and initiatives such as tomorrow’s World Mental Health Day are raising awareness and discussion around the issues.

So what do you think? Should Irish people be more open about mental health problems?


Poll Results:

Yes (1311)
No (70)
I don't know (46)



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