Survey shows stigma surrounding mental health remains

More needs to be done to tackle the stigma which still surrounds mental health problems in this country.

That's the call from health professionals this morning - on World Suicide Awareness Day.

New research from  St. Patrick's University Hospital in Dublin has found that over a fifth of people believe that those suffering from a mental health problem are of below average intelligence, while 31 per cent say they would not want to be friends with someone who has a mental illness.

62 per cent of people say they would not hire someone who has a history of mental illness, on the grounds that they may be unreliable.