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#IAmWhole: Your Answers Are Behind This YMCA Campaign

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What do you think when you hear the words ‘mental health’?

Well, 2,072 of you took part in a research project to help the #IAMWHOLE campaign raise awareness of the stigma associated with mental health. This campaign is a partnership between YMCA and NHS, and got people like James Corden and Ed Sheeran involved to encourage people to speak out about mental health.

After interviewing 1,098 11 to 24-year-olds, from across England and Wales, who had experienced mental health difficulties and 974 who had not, here’s what they found…

Mental health stigma

The most common conditions experienced by young people were anxiety (66%) and depression (51%), and you might be surprised to know that more than a third (35%) of young people first experienced symptoms before becoming a teenager, and 15% before the age of 10!

Of the young people who experience mental health stigma, more than a third said it happens at least once a week and 54% said it originates from their own friends. After friends, lecturers and teachers were most responsible for imposing stigma, with 29% reporting to have experienced stigma from them, making school quite a hostile environment for sufferers – in and out of the classroom.

This stigma was found to come in many forms for young people, including being left out of activities (54%) and verbal abuse (36%). It also damages confidence (85%) and negatively impacts on their school performance (59%).

75% of 18 to 24-year-olds with mental health difficulties stated that stigma negatively impacted on their willingness to speak out about these difficulties, leaving them to suffer alone in silence – often worsening their condition.

From looking at all this research, it’s clear that something needs to change. So how do we do it? Well, 4 in 5 (81%) of young people who believe stigma exists say that school is the best place to combat it, and say this issue can be tackled by talking more about mental health (64% ) and sharing their experiences (60%).

What do you guys think about the research results? Can we stop mental health stigma?

If you want to find out more about this campaign or need support for mental health difficulties, check out www.findgetgive.com

 

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  1. Jack Truesdale

    Mental health is a serious issue of today’s society. Some people have mental health issues, others “think” they do. I am not the one to say people are lying about their mental states, however it is articles such as this one which assist the younger (and sometimes older) generations to be more educated on the subject and those loosely based around it. More articles and surveys like this should be carried out to spread information and education on this subject, rather than sweeping it under the carpet. How can a person solve an issue that they know nothing about? The more people know of mental health and issues involved, the less people will have trouble with taking action on it.

  2. Benjamin Jack

    I think this was a very useful post and interesting topic!

  3. Ose

    I think mental health is a great issue extremely overlooked by society. So many victims lack empathy, support and encouragement because they’re seen as dramatic and weak by people and even family members. One of the main causes is the education system; students lack proper teaching support and creative ways of learning from teachers which makes school work and even life more difficult to handle.
    One of the best solutions is to let students learn at their own pace and in their own special way with extra support from teaching staff.

  4. Huan

    I think it is a useful post

  5. Zheng Lu

    I think it’s a little useful.

  6. wenura

    I think it is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of mental illness.

  7. vlade

    its a very useful post

  8. Eulyn Raguindin

    I think it is good that people in this modern world are getting more awareness about mental health and what we could all do as a society to treat it. This article helps for all ages , particularly those suffering with mental health.

  9. Huai En Liu

    This article is awesome!

  10. Halz Ikky

    I think this post was really useful and helped me to learn more about mental health. Thanks…

  11. ppp

    I think its extremely relevant for these days

  12. oluwasboy

    I think this will really help my research

  13. MAINA GICHOHI

    I think being in mental situation doesn’t mean you are incapable. In fact you can find people in such situation even more active than normal despite them being stigmatized.

  14. olumide

    this aricle is awesome

  15. Miché Manzambi

    I think issues like this need to be taught in lessons, to help those in need to tackle there problems.

  16. karim

    its increasing rapidly day by day like depression and other issues which are more dangerous then physical problems. The solution of this problem is meditation. by doing meditation we can reduce mind stress smoothly day by day

  17. syedaMomina

    It’s an interesting topic and a very useful post

  18. Zainab

    I think that this article is doing its best to spread awareness of mental health in young people as well as in the ageing population as individuals tend to dismiss or ignore the effects of mental health and how it could really impact an individuals life from making real life decisions. Mental health is a serious problem so that more people need to get in contact with I AM WHOLE CAMPAIGN and find support within it to not feel stigmatised or isolated as many people are facing the same experiences.

  19. Gloria

    mental health has became such a huge issue due to the way we treat one another, people are so vile and ruthless. we do not think things through and just state them

  20. Venus

    I think this is an issue we still need to work on and we need to fund researchers on this topic

  21. Gail

    I think people should be more accepting of those with mental health issues and disorders because the stigma that comes along with having these mental issues is only further isolating these individuals and restricting equal opportunities for them. This was a very insightful article especially the stats about teachers and lecturers being the second most common perpetrators of stigma really astounded me.

  22. jane

    A lot of issues that relate to illnesses about someone’s mental health such as panic, phobia, shame, suicide, stress anxiety and eating disorders can be discussed in an essay. It is important that to emphasize the difference between mental health and mental disorders to make the focus of the essay clear.

  23. Deka Afrian

    Very nice

  24. dilip

    Mental health is a serious issue of today’s society because it most often affects 25-40 year olds. This mental stress happens due to some social factors like unemployment, unawareness about positive and negative social media contents , job stress , increasing terror activities around Europe with people starting to fear when they step out of their home . Intolerance is increasing because of the decreasing healthy relationship between people in society, and its becoming a very serious issue around the world. I am not the one to say people are lying about their mental states, but meanwhile it is important to educate people about mental health and how to overcome it by explaining what it actually is. We can use print and digital media in a very effective way to reach people .
    Thank you . This is what I feel to share about mental health

  25. simo

    think mental health issues are main problem in the world because its increasing rapidly day by day like depression and other issues which are more dangerous then physical problems. The solution of this problem is meditation. by doing meditation we can reduce mind stress smoothly day by day

  26. precious

    I think mental health issues are main problem in the world because its increasing rapidly day by day like depression and other issues which are more dangerous then physical problems. The solution of this problem is meditation. by doing meditation we can reduce mind stress smoothly day by day

  27. thien

    I think… it’s the most important thing in human life.

  28. Flora

    I think it is a useful post about mental health issues are main problem in the world because its increasing rapidly day by day like depression and other issues which are more dangerous then physical problems.

  29. jackson

    I think…Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of mental illness. It is the “psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment”

  30. tej bahadur tamang

    I think mental health issues are main problem in the world because its increasing rapidly day by day like depression and other issues which are more dangerous then physical problems. The solution of this problem is meditation. by doing meditation we can reduce mind stress smoothly day by day

  31. Blake

    I myself played a huge role in this campaign and was featured both in a TV interview and on the page, and i have to say it was an honour to finally be able to stand up and help break the stigma about mental health. As someone who suffers with major difficulties, it was liberating to see so many people from different pathways in life all join together to help bring down the stigma around mental health.
    The stereotype isn’t broken yet, but at least the first war in this battle is won.