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Expat Health Insurance News: Mental health 'taken seriously by young people'

While stigma still surrounds mental health issues, expatriate insurance customers might be surprised to hear that young people tend to take them seriously, according to The Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Carolyn Roberts, head of policy and campaigns at the mental health charity, explained: "The more that parents and schools can do to help children and young people learn about mental health, the better.

"However, I think most young people do realise that mental health problems can be serious and shouldn't be viewed lightly," she added.

Ms Roberts' comments follow on from research from Mentaline.com, which suggested that one in ten youngsters perceive certain mental health illnesses as "fashionable", particularly bipolar disorder and self-harm.

The survey also revealed that a third (34 per cent) of young teens had lied in the past about having a mental health issue, while one in three (32 per cent) said they knew someone with such a medical background.

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