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Mental health charity urges Scots to talk about feelings

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People in Scotland are being urged to talk about their feelings, as a new survey reveals more than four in ten find it difficult to open up.

Discussing feelings was a struggle for 41% of people, research by the Scottish Association for Mental Health found.

More than a quarter (29%) of those surveyed admitted that mental health and finances were also difficult conversation subjects.

The results were released as the charity launched its Open Up campaign, calling on people to talk about their mental health and wellbeing.

Chief executive Billy Watson said: “Every year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. If you don’t experience problems yourself, the chances are you know someone who does.

“There is a cultural struggle with the ‘stigma’ attached to discussing how you feel in Scotland. We must change this. By talking, people can form coping mechanisms and effectively approach problems.

“Our campaign is encouraging people to take action, building the confidence which will help them talk about what is bothering them. We need everyone to start their conversation today.”

The online survey of 1,045 Scottish adults was carried out by YouGov on behalf of the charity.


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