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The challenge of mental health

In this video, Professor Dave Cliff candidly shares his personal experiences of mental illness, and what he has found to help him through it

Mental health is a significant challenge, for many of us personally and for wider society. Approximately 1 in 6 adults (17%) were found to have a mental disorder in the last major National Health Service (NHS) survey in England (McManus et al., 2016). Of the different kinds of mental disorders, the most common was mixed anxiety and depression. Mental disorders were found to be more common, and on average more severe, in women than men and are responsible for around 12% of work absences.

In the above video, Professor Dave Cliff candidly shares his personal experiences of mental illness. He talks of how it came about for him, what it felt like, and what he has found to help him through it. He also speaks of the ways individuals and organisations can reduce the risk of mental illness, and support those going through it.

One thing he emphasises is the need for people who are experiencing difficulties to reach out for help sooner rather than later. And to do this requires creating an environment and culture where there is no stigma in doing so.

In the UK, organisations such as Mind provide information, answer questions and offer details of local support services. For students at the University of Bristol, the Student Counselling Service can provide different options for support, including access to the online Togetherall self help and counselling service.

McManus, S., Bebbington, P., Jenkins, R., & Brugha, T. (eds.) (2016). Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey Leeds: NHS Digital
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