Maisie Williams struggled with mental health problems as Casey in Cyberbully. Credit: Channel 4

A quarter of TV viewers suffering from mental health problems have been prompted to seek help after following mental health storylines, according to a new poll by mental health charity Mind.

The survey asked over 2,000 British adults how soap and drama storylines affected their attitudes to mental illness, with just over half of those surveyed saying that watching a plot involving a character with mental health problems had helped improve their understanding.

One in three men with personal experience of a mental health problem were more likely to be moved to find professional help and support after watching a relatable character, compared to just 15 per cent of women.

– Jess Denham

Source: Quarter of viewers with mental health problems seek help after watching mental health storylines on TV