Published On: Mon, Feb 9th, 2015 on 2:48 am

Mental health stigma costing over a year of support in Yorkshire

Stigma is still preventing over a half of people living with a mental health problem in Yorkshire from getting support when they need it the most, research has revealed.

StressedA survey, commissioned as one of the biggest of its kind in England with responses from nearly 6,000 people, showed 59% of people are waiting over a year to tell the people closest to them about it.

The results were released by anti-stigma campaign Time to Change as part of Time to Talk Day on 5 February when people were encouraged to talk about mental health.

“There is still much further to go”

The survey also revealed that 44% of people in Yorkshire with a mental health problem currently experience stigma and discrimination either weekly or monthly and 64% said it was as bad as or worse than the mental health problem itself.

43% said it had stopped them from having a relationship whilst 67% said that stigma and discrimination had stopped them from socialising.

Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: “It’s shocking to see that so many people are still waiting over a year to talk to their nearest and dearest – it’s hard to imagine this happening with other health issues.

“This new data shows there is still much further to go until talking about mental health is an ordinary and unremarkable thing to do.”

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