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Flynn calls for end to mental health stigma

5 April, 2018 - by Órlaithí Flynn


The latest research by the Princes Trust reinforces the need to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues, Sinn Féin MLA Orlaithí Flynn has said.

The West Belfast MLA commented: “This research highlights the immense strain on young people’s mental health from exams, expectations around body image, bullying, inequalities and peer pressures.

“It is absolutely essential that people struggling with their mental health feel able to seek support. Yet 78 percent of the young people surveyed think there is stigma attached to mental health and 24 percent would not talk to anyone if they had a mental health problem.

“Young people need to know that it is okay to not be okay.”

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