Survey: Mental health stigmas are shifting

Americans views on mental health are changing, a new survey finds.

Story highlights

  • Online survey finds 94% of respondents believe suicide is preventable
  • It says 90% of Americans value mental and physical health equally
  • Younger people appear more comfortable seeking mental help

(CNN)Mental health has a long-standing public perception problem, but the stigma appears to be shifting, at least in the United States, a new survey reveals. Results from a national online survey on mental health, anxiety and suicide indicate that 90% of Americans value mental and physical health equally. 

"Progress is being made in how American adults view mental health, and the important role it plays in our everyday lives. People see connection between mental health and overall well-being, our ability to function at work and at home and how we view the world around us," said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The foundation commissioned a Harris Poll with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and t