Table 1

Student descriptions1 of people with mental health problems (n=400)

Emotions (31 terms, 11%) Characteristics (75 terms, 28%) Labels (115 terms, 42%) Suggested causes (22 terms, 8%) Medical terms (15 terms, 6%) Sensitive descriptions (12 terms, 4%)
1.The words in the table are those most frequently suggested by young people and the numbers in parentheses denote frequency of response.
Confused (29) Unstable (19) Mental (68) Under pressure (6) Mentally ill (55) Misunderstood (7)
Depressed (23) Different (22) Psycho (52) Brain damage (6) Depression (13) Normal (4)
Unhappy (17) Isolated (11) Nutter (52) Schizophrenia (7) No different (4)