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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.


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

Understanding depression

Loneliness and isolation

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

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

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Coping with depression

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

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

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Personality changes

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

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Support for family and friends

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

How you can help

Support and information line

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

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Videos about mental health

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

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