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For years, mental health issues were something that people didn’t talk about. Suffering in silence or behind closed door (some of those in institutions), was the norm, but now things are changing. A host of TV programmes and news coverage is helping to explain how conditions like depression and bipolar disorder affect the lives of thousands of people in the UK.

Some programmes are aimed at increasing the general understanding of what it’s like to experience conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder or ADHD.  Some of us may have lived with these conditions for years without knowing it, like Rory Bremner (who presented a previous Horizon programme, ADHD and Me).

An upcoming Horizon programme, Why Did I Go Mad?  (2nd May 9pm BBC2) explores a mental health condition that terrifies many people  – Schizophrenia or Psychosis.  Traditionally, people who heard voices or experienced hallucinations were encouraged to regard these voices as harmful and to suppress them. Now new research into how our brains work is supporting a different approach. The programme follows three people who live with their voices and hallucinations on a daily basis.

Stress is often blamed for breakdowns which may lead to depression or other conditions, and has been linked to a range of physical illnesses such as diabetes as well. But is it entirely harmful – or can small amounts of it actually be beneficial to us? In The Truth About Stress (Thursday 4 May BBC1 9-10 pm) Fiona Phillips investigates this and puts herself into some high-stress situations to understand our reactions better.

Throughout 2017 Radio 1 is running a campaign focused on youth mental health, My Mind and Me. The campaign is supported by a great webpage featuring short clips and advice on matters like

how to juggle life and revision,

the difference between stress and pressure

 

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