Why is it hard to talk about mental health problems?

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1. What is a mental health problem?

Welcome to this guide exploring why it can be hard to open up about mental health problems. Click on the play button above to see why we’re talking about this.

When people say mental health, they are talking about how people think and feel, and how they are coping with things happening in their life. It’s completely normal to feel sad, angry or worried from time to time. But when those feelings won’t go away and they start to really affect day-to-day life, that is when there can be a problem.

Many people with a mental health problem find it hard to talk about it. This guide looks at why that is and what you can do if you feel this is something that is affecting you.

2. Who can be affected by them?

Mental health problems can affect anyone. Which of these celebrities do you think has spoken out about having a mental health problem?

Singer Selena Gomez

Do you think the American star has opened up about mental health issues in the past?

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Selena Gomez

Yes - Selena Gomez has spoken about struggling with anxiety and depression. In fact, all of these celebrities have talked about having a mental health problem.

Singer Zayn Malik

Do you think the former 1D singer has spoken about having a mental health issue?

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Zayn Malik

Yes - Zayn Malik has spoken out about struggling with anxiety. In fact, all three of these celebrities have spoken out about having a mental health problem.

Vlogger Zoella

Do you think the famous YouTuber has struggled with her mental health?

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Zoella

Yes - Zoella has spoken about struggling with anxiety. In fact, all three of these celebrities have spoken out about having a mental health problem.

3. How many have a mental health problem?

Infographic showing how many children are affected by a mental health condition

Green, H., McGinnity, A., Meltzer, H., et al. (2005). Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain 2004. London: Palgrave

4. Why do people find it hard to talk about?

There can be many reasons why people might find it hard to talk about mental health problems. Josh, Lucy and Matty explain why they found it difficult.

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5. What might someone worry about?

Click on the images below to explore some of the reasons people can worry about speaking about mental health problems.

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Read on below to discover why overcoming these worries - and speaking to someone - can have such a positive effect.

6. Why is it important that people talk?

Find out more about why it is so important that people are able to open up about their mental health problems - and hear from Josh, Lucy and Matty about just what a difference it made to them.

Click on the links below for more help and advice for talking about mental health problems.

7. Advice if you are worried it’s affecting you

If you’re worried that you don't feel your usual self, it’s really important that you speak to someone about it. Click on the people below to hear their advice.

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