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Posted by Aston Avery

Time to Talk Day 2024

New research released to mark ‘Time to Talk Day’ (Feb 1st), reveals how the nation is still putting a ‘brave face’ on to avoid talking about mental health during difficult times. The day is run by leading mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, in partnership with Co-op.

Nearly two-thirds of Britons (64%) confess to concealing their mental health struggles behind a brave facade, with alarming numbers among young people – 70% of 16–24-year-olds and 72% of 25–34-year-olds opting for masking their true feelings. External pressures, including the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis, dissuade 47% from opening up.

The survey of over 5,000 respondents unveils the toll on mental wellbeing, with the cost-of-living crisis (52%) surpassing global affairs (22%) and the pandemic (21%) as significant triggers. Work-related stress (29%) and relationship strains (26%) also feature prominently.

Aston spoke to Rosie Weatherley from Mind.

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