Mental health insights
In January, iReach Insights asked 1,000 people about mental health as part of a national survey. They gave us some of their results in relation to the younger age group (18 – 34 year-olds) and we wanted to share them with you.
50% of young people sometimes think about their mental health
Mental health is something we all have all of the time and we will all go through a tough time at some stage in our lives. It’s important that we are mindful of our mental health and take time out to reflect regularly. There are also lots of healthy steps we can take to look after our mental health on a daily basis.
23% have considered talking to a mental health professional
There are many different types of mental health professionals that can help us when we are going through a tough time. From everyday stress, to dealing with big life changes, health professionals can help us feel supported, organise our thoughts and come up with strategies to deal with whatever we are experiencing. Learn more about the different types of mental health professionals.
38% think there are enough helplines / easy access supports in Ireland
It can be tricky to decide who to talk to or to figure out which service might be right for you. Generally your local doctor / GP is a good person to talk to and should be able to give advice and support. Your friends and family are also there to listen if there’s something on your mind. Then there are online services and helplines too, which can be helpful. There are also issues like costs and confidentiality to consider too. It’s up to you who you talk to, but if you’re going through a tough time, talking can be a big help.
77% believe there is a stigma around mental health
At ReachOut.com we want to make mental health part of our normal, everyday conversations. Sharing our stories and experiences with each other can go a long way to achieving this. If you have a story and you think it might help or inspire others, you can share it with us or if you prefer to read others’ stories you can do that too.