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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 

Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.

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“Psyching Out” Mental Health Stigma

April 9, 2007

More than one in five Americans will suffer from some form of mental illness this year, but many are reluctant to seek help out of fear of embarrassment. Now local mental health advocates are working to get rid of the stigma for estimated 260,000 New Hampshire residents dealing with mental illness. Elaine de Mello with the National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire Chapter says it’s important for friends and family members to understand that these are treatable medical illnesses…

"Most of the illnesses that we’re familiar with really have a biological basis, and people do very well with mental illness and can recover."

De Mello notes 18- to 25-year-olds are twice as likely as the general population to suffer from serious mental health conditions and the least likely to seek help. And mental illness is strongly associated with suicide risk. She adds that the fear of embarrassment is worse for men than women.

"Males are less likely to seek help. Women are more willing to ask for help, and I think it adds up to partly to that stigma and that help-seeking behavior."

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NH