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Public need more awareness of serious mental health conditions

Serious mental health conditions are not fully understood by the public, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) has said.
Royal College of Psychiatry

Serious mental health conditions are not fully understood by the public, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) has said.

It follows a YouGov poll of 2,090 adults, commissioned by the college.

Tackling stigma

RCP president Wendy Burn said: ‘The work done to tackle stigma has been astounding and I could not be prouder of the open culture we’re fostering about mental health.

‘But our poll shows that people do not fully appreciate how severe mental illness can be.’

The RCP believes awareness work for mental health conditions has been focussed too much on milder conditions such as depression and anxiety, finding:

• Only 59% of the public expect a referral to a consultant for an eating disorder compared to 86% for

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