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50% of Irish people wouldn’t want someone else to know they were experiencing a mental health difficulty. Many people experience mental health problems for a long time before seeking help. Statistics suggest 1 in 5 Irish people will experience a diagnosable mental health difficulty in any given year.

  • Mental health problems are common
  • The more we talk about mental health the less stigma there will be
  • Many people aren’t well informed about how to recognise mental health problems
  • Many people don’t know how to respond to a person experiencing a mental health difficulty
  • Professional help is not always at hand
  • Many people with mental health problems delay seeking help or do not seek help at all

The MHFA Course has been shown to help people grow in confidence, learn new skills and even help their own mental health, all the while challenging the stigma surrounding mental health in Ireland.

Challenging stigma is very important to us. We know from research only 1 in 2 people would want others to know they had a mental health problem. This stigma is causing silence and in turn people are not always asking for help when they might need it. Only together we can change this culture of stigma in mental health.