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2014 World Mental Health Day Brings Awareness, Battles Stigma

By    |   Friday, 10 Oct 2014 04:19 PM

Friday is World Mental Health Day 2014, and media flooded the online world with articles striving to offer education and raise awareness about mental health issues.

From Australia, where surfers donned fluorescent clothing to raise awareness of mental health, to the United Kingdom, where former boxer Frank Bruno talked to The Independent about his struggles with bipolar disorder, mental health awareness was heightened Friday.

Bruno, who said that 2 percent of the United Kingdom’s population suffers from bipolar disorder, gave the Independent five tips to improve mental health and the way it's treated, including improving mental health's financial backing and importance so it doesn’t get lost under the “health” category, and overhauling the red tape required to get help with mental health.

CNN addressed the challenge of overcoming the stigma of talking openly about mental illness. "As mental health is a global issue so, sadly, is mental health stigma, shame and discrimination," wrote Sue Baker, director of Time to Change.

Nine out of 10 people who come to her organization, Baker wrote, say they face discrimination and stigma over their mental health issues, and more than half say that is as difficult as having the mental illness.

In breaking down the misconceptions about mental health, The Independent said many who don't have mental health issues believe it’s not difficult to talk about them anymore. However, while attitudes have significantly improved, there is still a widespread stigma.

Other misconceptions include the idea that people with mental illnesses aren't good employees, that mental health only affects your mind, and that you can’t recover from mental illness, the Independent said.

Along with nonprofit mental health organizations and the media speaking up, World Mental Health Day encouraged numerous people to offer personal reflections online.





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