New research shows Brits happier to discuss sex than mental health at work

New data reveals Brits would rather talk to their colleagues about relationship issues, money problems and even sex, than broach the topic of mental health.

A survey for Time to Change of 2,000 [1] British workers suggests mental health remains one of the last taboos in the workplace, showing that, despite progress, there is still a lot more work to do in 2018 to combat the stigma of mental health.

When asked to select from a list the topics they felt they could talk openly about with their colleagues:

1 in 3 young people are ‘stepping in’ to help a mate with a mental health problem - but many of those affected still face negative treatment from peers

A survey of 3,500 young people (11-18), [1] carried out for mental health campaign Time to Change, found that over a third of young people (34%) had done something to support or stick up for someone with a mental health problem.

For first time, print media reporting of mental health is significantly more balanced and responsible with more coverage than ever before – latest study shows

But worryingly the reporting of violence and mental illness, and schizophrenia continues to be stigmatising

The 2016 figures have been released by Time to Change as part of ‘Mind Over Matter’, its ongoing collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, which examines the reporting of mental illness in the UK print media.

Let’s stamp out stigmatising mental illness Halloween gimmicks once and for all

At Time to Change we work tirelessly to change the way people think and act about mental health – in schools, workplaces and communities. We invest heavily in social marketing campaigns because we know that the context in which mental illness is presented - in advertising, in the media and on the High Street, has huge influence over public attitudes towards mental health. Our advertising campaigns challenge out-dated, negative stereotypes and show that mental health problems can happen to anyone. 1 in 4 of us will be affected in any given year.