One in three teenagers have felt so depressed that they needed help, a Daybreak survey has revealed.
A new report has warned that care for people with schizophrenia and psychosis is falling "catastrophically short."
Doctors are still 'inappropriately over-prescribing' anti-psychotic drugs to dementia patients, campaigners have said.
Hattie Coburn, who suffers from mental health problems, told ITV Daybreak that her family found it hard to understand what she was going through.
She said her mother struggled with the fact that she was not happy, and would often blame herself.
New figures released today reveal that most people in the UK know someone who has suffered from mental health problems, and that the stigma attached to mental health, can stop people from talking about it with friends and family altogether.
A mental health anti-stigma programme has launched a campaign to get people talking about their problems.
New figures from Time to Change have revealed, most people in the UK will have a friend experiencing mental health problems, who might need their support.
TV adverts, which will run through January, will highlight the importance of staying in contact and being supportive to friends and family members, who suffer from mental health problems.
- Forty per cent of British adults would feel awkward talking to a friend who was experiencing a mental health problem
- Around a quarter feel it would be their responsibility to bring the subject up if they knew a friend was going through a tough time with their mental health
- Forty two per cent admit they do not feel they know enough about mental health problems to talk to a friend going through one, and one in five confess they would not know what to say
- Over 20 per cent of people feel that talking openly about it might make their friend's situation worse
- More than two thirds of British adults know someone who has experienced a mental health problem
Three quarters of people who have experienced a mental health problem say they have lost friendships as a result of their illness.
A survey carried out by mental health anti-stigma programme Time to Change has revealed that people who suffer from mental health problems feel they are unable to talk openly to their friends.
And, because of the stigma surrounding mental illness, many people shy away from supporting someone they know who might be experiencing it.
This report highlights important areas for improvement and shows why we have put better treatment for those with mental health problems at the heart of the new Mandate for the NHS.
This includes plans to hold the NHS to account for improving health and reducing premature deaths in people with serious mental illness.
– A Department of Health spokeswoman
We're setting up pilot sites to improve access to psychological therapies for those who have a severe mental illness including schizophrenia.
We are clear that people with mental health problems should be treated with the same high quality and dignified care as anyone else and we expect the NHS to make this happen.
Schizophrenia affects more than 220,000 people in England and an estimated one in six people will experience some symptoms of psychosis at some stage in their lives, according to the report.
The Commission, established by the mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness, has called for a "radical" overhaul of the care system.
The report suggests that too much money is being spent on secure care - the most expensive form of care - and more should be invested in prevention and community support.
It also expresses concern that early intervention treatment teams are being cut in some areas.
Researchers claim that very few sufferers get the recommended levels of care.
It's been over 100 years since the term 'Schizophrenia' was first coined, but care and treatment are still nowhere near good enough.It is a scandal that in 2012 people with Schizophrenia are dying 15-20 years earlier than the general population and that only 7% are able to get a job. Too many people are falling through the gaps in the system and ending up in prison or homeless.
– Paul Jenkins, chief executive officer of the charity Rethink Mental Illness
Developing ideal treatments might take time, but there are things which can be done today which could transform lives. More money does need to be spent - but the funding that already exists could also be used much more effectively.
We wouldn't accept this state of affairs for cancer, why should people with Schizophrenia have to endure it?
Professor Sir Robin Murray, chair of the commission, said: "We have spent the last year listening to expert professionals and more importantly, the experiences of people who have Schizophrenia and psychosis and their families.
"The message that comes through loud and clear is that people are being badly let down by the system in every area of their lives.
"People with psychosis need to be given the hope that it is perfectly possible to live a fulfilling life after diagnosis. We have no doubt that this is achievable."