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9 Things We Learned From Twitter On World Mental Health Day

14/10/2014 09:12 BST
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Last Friday was World Mental Health Day - and what a success it was.

The day was, in our opinion, great for busting mental health myths and getting people talking (on social media at the very least) about mental health and the stigma that surrounds it.

Our Twitter feeds were full of inspirational people - young and old, male and female - sharing their experiences of mental health. There were even tweets from sufferers of schizophrenia, depression and anxiety.

So, naturally, we've compiled some of the tweets that really stuck with us.

Here's what we can all take away from #WorldMentalHealthDay...

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#1 Always remember: you're not alone.

#2 Speaking out about your experiences can help others, too.

#3 Mental illness is more common than you think.

According to Mind, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

#4 Asking for help is not a weakness.

By seeking help you can begin to move on with your life.

#5 Be nice to everyone.

You don't know how they're feeling on the inside.

#6 People who suffer with mental illness might not look like they do.

In this case, the pain isn't visible. But that doesn't mean it's a myth or it's made up - it's very real.

#7 Anyone can develop a mental illness.

Regardless of gender, religion, education, sexuality or age.

#8 There are still those who stigmatise mental health.

This is why we need World Mental Health Day and other mental health-related awareness days, to help overcome this.

#9 The time to change mental health stigma is now.

Not tomorrow or the day after that, not next month or next year. Now.