How to Talk About Mental Health

Bupa Mental Health Stigma

How to overcome your own mental health preconceptions and help family members speak out, from premium health insurer Bupa Global

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The events of 2020 have taken a mental health toll on us all. But stigmas could prevent people from getting the help that they need.

Mental health problems are increasingly common: one in four adults and one in 10 children are now thought to experience mental health issues, which means that almost all of us will know someone who is suffering.

COVID-19 has exacerbated this issue. Recent data from Bupa Global’s Executive Wellbeing Index found that 70% of high net worth individuals from around the world have experienced symptoms of mental ill-health since the pandemic started, with 21% suffering from fatigue, 23% enduring low moods and anxiety and 21% experiencing feelings of anger and impatience.

But it’s not just us – our families are struggling, too. A study by the University of Oxford of more than 10,000 parents of British children aged 4 to 10 years old found that they saw increases in their child’s emotional difficulties during the pandemic.

Tackling Mental Health Stigma

Even though so many of us are experiencing mental ill-health, talking about it is often still seen as a taboo. According to the Bupa Global Wellbeing Index, 41% of high net worth individuals feel that speaking about mental health would be seen as a sign of weakness and 33% feel it could impact on their professional reputation.

However, fortunately these taboos are diminishing for a number of high net worth individuals. According to Bupa Global’s findings, 48% now take mental health more seriously than five years ago and 29% say they will be open and approachable about mental health in the future.

Premium health insurer Bupa Global recognises that mental health is as important as physical health. This is why Bupa Global’s cover provides holistic health management for you and your family.

To find out how a Bupa Global health plan puts you in control of your health, visit: bupaglobal.com/withyou or call 0371 346 0409.

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