Mental health was always considered a hidden subject, however in the modern day it is often thought that people are much more open about their problems. An anonymous survey was completed by a range of students from Bournemouth University in order to investigate whether awareness around the topic has grown throughout the younger generation.
The results show that three quarters of people who took part in the survey felt that they would consider themselves to be aware when it comes to mental health issues. It also shows that 71% of people know somebody who has a mental health problem, which would imply that more people feel comfortable enough to open up about their mental health issues.
However, it is clear that there is still a lot of room for improvement in the way that people deal with mental health, as over 10% of people who know somebody with mental health problems have not felt as if they are able to talk to them about their issues. As well as this 85% of the participants felt like mental health is a taboo subject and that people would feel uncomfortable talking about it.
There were a range of responses when looking to improve the way that mental health is dealt with, as some said that “MPs making it more of an issue in parliament” would be the best way to deal with the problem. Other people felt that it was more down to individuals and that people should build “Awareness of what mental health is broadly, eliminating the stigmas behind it. Also treating it as an actual serious problem rather than it being put aside as a poor state of mind”.
There has clearly been improvements made regarding awareness around mental health, however the results of the survey show that there is still work to be done.