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Dispelling the stigma and myths about mental illness

Chances are you know someone with mental illness. It could be a friend, family member, neighbor or acquaintance. Studies show that one in four people experience some kind of mental health issue in their lifetime.

Mental illness is quite common, and yet we as a society often find it difficult to discuss. Why is that?

It’s normal to shy away from things that are uncomfortable or unknown. If a friend is depressed, we aren’t sure what to say or how to help. If we are depressed or have mental health issues, we fear what others think of us.

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