IT affects one in four people, making it more common than heart disease and diabetes.
Yet mental health problems remain less talked about than any common physical complaint.
Among our elected representatives, fear of being denigrated and disparaged has ensured that very few politicians have ever admitted to having mental health problems. Many mental health campaigners believe that if more public figures spoke up about their own experiences of mental illness or the experiences of their loved ones, then the stigma and shame many feel about conditions like depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and illnesses like anorexia, stress and anxiety problems, would start to disappear.
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