Stigma still attached to mental health issues despite one in four suffering

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Stigma still attached to mental health issues despite one in four suffering
6th August 2014

Natasha Benjamin said stigma around mental health issues and a lack of awareness led to her not being diagnosed until late in life. 

“I was that person that had a lot of bad luck and wasn’t meant to be living a happy life."

“I just thought life was really hard and I started to accept that,” she said.

“As much as it upset me, I just thought I was dealt really bad cards.”

She added: “So on that premise I didn’t seek help.”

One in four people experience mental health problems, according to the charity, Mind.

Despite this very high number, mental health worker Natasha said there is still a stigma attached to it. She also believes that mental illness is widely misunderstood.

“You shouldn’t try and put mental health in a box because there is so many different aspects to it. You can’t put it in a box and I think that’s why it is feared,” she said.

“There is a massive difference between mental health and mental illness. We have to look after our mental health just like our physical health.

“When most people feel unwell physically, they tend to go to and see the doctor but when people are feeling stressed or tired they are less inclined to do something about it. We have to look after our mental health otherwise it results it mental illness.”

Natasha, who was diagnosed with anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, now runs an organisation called Free Your Mind, which helps people who are going through mental health problems and domestic violence.


Kate Nightingale, Time for Change, discussed the stigma attached to mental health and explains that mental illnesses does not need to be a barrier to leading a fulfilling and productive life.

Ruby Wax, who was a guest on Not The One Show last week spoke out on how she copes with her depression.


Simple things make a huge to mental health according to Helen Undy of Mind. And John Mornington talks about how men in particular use their emotions more positively.


Jacob Mornington is only 17 and is recovering from depression, after being diagnosed with ME at 12. He describes prevailing pressure to "Be a man, don't be a girl".


Former special air serviceman Rob Paxman started his own charity, Talking2Minds, to help people like him - with post-traumatic stress disorder - recover with non-trauma-focussed therapies.


As a spokesperson for the charity Mind, Helen Undy points out that 1 in 10 must wait a year for access to talking therapies.


Psychologist Denis Carlon is concerned about the funding for mental health services in the UK, saying, "the resources that are available in this country are deplorable"


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