Three quarters of people who have experienced a mental health problem have lost friendships as a result, according to our recent survey.

Talking openly with friends is an important part of many people’s lives, yet having a conversation about mental health seems to be a step too far for many of us and can leave us lost for words.

Our recent survey shows that two in five British adults would feel awkward talking to a friend who was experiencing a mental health problem. Only a quarter of us feel it would be our responsibility to bring the subject up if we knew he or she was going through a tough time. What’s more, 21 per cent would avoid the subject altogether for fear it might make matters worse.

The survey has been made public as part of our new It’s time to talk. It’s time to change campaign. The truth is, you really don’t have to be an expert to talk about mental health. Why not find out more about why talking about mental health helps right now?

Infographic: 75% of people have lost friendships due to their mental illness