Ghosts can be scary. People with mental health problems aren’t.

Halloween might be thought of as a bit of fun, but that’s not everyone’s experience. 

Halloween takes place next Tuesday 31 October, but many people will be marking the occasion this weekend.

There are often many misconceptions about mental illness, portrayed through films or costumes that people with mental health problems are violent or scary. This simply isn’t true, and it isn’t kind. In fact, the vast majority of people with a mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than the perpetrators.

We are appealing to all our followers to really think about your Halloween costumes this year (if you choose to wear one) and to remember that people with mental health problems can be affected by how they are portrayed.

If you are feeling anxious or distressed this Halloween, it’s okay, to not be okay. A team of mental health professionals are available to talk to you 24/7, 365 days a year on 0121 262 3555.