Can high-profile figures make the difference when it comes to mental health?

Those in the public eye are in the unique position of being able to highlight a range of causes and topics. When it comes to mental health, research shows that by speaking out, they may help many people.

Lots of well-known faces have documented their mental health struggles, sharing their experiences and casting light on a topic that remains hushed in many sections of society.

Research shows that accounts from prominent public figures do have the potential to make the difference.

Populus research conducted on behalf of mental health charity Mind, finds that many people can benefit from hearing about high-profile figures’ experiences when it comes to mental health.

A quarter of respondents (24%) agreed that hearing accounts about mental health from people in the public eye helped them to feel less alone.

One in five (23%) said they had started a conversation about mental health inspired by celebrity stories in the news.

Thriving or surviving?

Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem.

Research has already shown that those in the public eye have the potential to help people feel less alone and start conversations.

Populus research sheds light on public views that matter to society. Our work with charities helps them to identify and communicate with their most important audiences; demonstrate impact; and tailor services.


The poll was conducted by Populus, who interviewed UK adults online between 9th and 11th November 2016 with 2,038 respondents. 

View the full Data Tables here.