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By mental illness we mean things like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, anorexia, obsessive compulsive disorder and lots of others.

People often look for help for related problems, like stress, anger, tension, sleep problems, low self-worth, family or relationship problems, alcohol and drug problems, self-harm or physical health problems (like feeling unwell). There’s nothing weird about mental illness.

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The label isn’t really that important. What matters is getting advice, finding ways to get on with life and overcoming difficulties. Research evidence shows that the earlier you get support, the easier it is get back to things that are important to you. The more involved you are in deciding what’s best for you, the better the outcome.

 The label isn’t that important. What matters is getting advice and support to get on with life and overcome difficulties 

You may have come across people with mental health problems in films, TV and books. Sometimes this is accurate and sometimes it isn’t. Everybody is different so whatever you’ve seen or heard, it doesn’t mean it will be the same for you.

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Mental illnesses are common. One out of every four adults and one in every ten teenagers will have mental health problems at some time in their life.