Almost half of people with mental health issues ‘hide problems’

A festival aimed at removing the stigma around mental health issues will take place in Dublin on New Year’s Day.
First Fortnight – a mental health arts festival that begins in Dublin on Sunday – found that 49 per cent of people would not want anyone to know that they were experiencing mental health problems.
The survey of 1,366 attendees was carried out at the First Fortnight festival last January.
About half of respondents also expressed a fear that they would experience mental health problems in the future, while a quarter of respondents said they would delay seeking treatment for fear this may lead to others finding out about their mental health problems.

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