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Mental health and brain tumours

Research has shown that almost 25% of people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. This is a shocking statistic, and sadly, it seems to be on the rise. That’s why it’s more important than ever to speak up and take action.

For anyone diagnosed with a long-term illness, mental health problems are all too common, and we know that those with a brain tumour are no different.

In fact, a heart-wrenching 91% say their tumour has affected their emotional or mental health. Those affected by a mental health condition may find themselves struggling to cope with day-to-day life, including things we take for granted such as getting out of bed, showering and leaving the house.

This must change. Our goal is to not only double survival from brain tumours, but halve the harm they cause, and that includes mental health.

Specialist Clinical Psychologist Clare Jacobson talks straight to camera as she discusses the importance of looking after your mental health following a brain tumour diagnosis.

We asked a group of people living with a brain tumour, and a clinical psychologist, to help us produce a video around mental health.

By sharing their experiences and offering their advice, they’re helping us start a conversation about mental health and brain tumours, and help those affected to know they aren’t alone.

Depression

Depression can be triggered by a diagnosis, treatment or by the impact on daily life.

Loneliness and isolation

People affected by a brain tumour can often feel alone, isolated or disconnected from the world

Anxiety

Many people with brain tumours feel anxious at some point but there’s a lot of support available.

Coping with depression

Hints and tips for coping with mild depression following a brain tumour diagnosis

Scanxiety

Scanxiety is a fear or anxiety about MRI or CT scans and their results

Personality changes

Brain tumours can cause personality changes such as anxiety and confusion.

Support for family and friends

Advice and practical tips on how to support your loved one after diagnosis.

Support and information line

If you need someone to talk to or advice on where to get help, contact our support line

Videos about mental health

Watch our collection of videos about brain tumours and mental health.