Why is it important to talk openly about mental illness?

A survey commissioned by the Institute indicated that 88% of Texans agree that the stigma surrounding mental health issues needs to be removed—but 9 out of 10 Texans think that it is harder to talk about mental health rather than physical issues. The key to changing stereotypical ideas and society’s attitudes and behavior toward mental illness is to increase public awareness and knowledge, and through more personal interaction with people who have a mental illness. The survey also indicated 74% of Texans agree that more education and information would make them feel more confident about discussing mental illness.

View the infographic based on this survey.