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Cartoons Prove That 'Helpful Advice' For People With Mental Health Problems Often Isn't Very Helpful At All

12/11/2014 13:05 GMT | Updated 02/04/2015 16:59 BST

There seems to be a tendency when talking to someone who has mental health problems, to trivialise or be dismissive.

But telling people to "cheer up" and "snap out of it", or questioning their diagnosis or choice of treatment can often do more harm that good.

Imagine if we treated physical illness in the same way that treat mental illness - what would happen then?

Robot Hugs have created an insightful cartoon that answers this very question.

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