Busting the ‘1 in 4’ myth in mental health awareness

If you attend a session on ‘mental health’ it is highly likely that you will be told that 1 in 4 adults will experience mental health issues in any given year. I have witnessed this figure being absorbed with earnest nods and grave faces many times, whilst people contemplate how to help these poor souls with mental illnesses. The snowballing use of this statistic is causing harm by perpetuating the very stigma it seeks to reduce.

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