This pub quiz idea was inspired by Time To Change, which I want to give them credit for as they close their operation down due to funding. They were a great resource for helping workers look after their mental health, and I’m trying to adapt as much of their stuff as I can to keep the momentum they started going.
I’ve created two potential pub quizzes that you could do with other people, which will also be available as PDF downloadable in this article. So don’t forget to grab your own copy. If you want to test yourself, why not try answering the question as you read through the article and let me know the results in the comments section at the end,
Traditional Style Mental Health Pub Quiz
According to the Mental Health Foundation, what percentage of adults have found themselves unable to cope with the stress caused by their appearance and body image?
What percentage of males have a binge eating disorder, according to Eating Disorder Hope?
The NHS and Time to Change both estimate how many people in the UK will experience a mental health issue each year
Alternatively, for my American readers.
The Mental Health Disorder Statistics provided by Johns Hopkins Medicine estimate how many people in the US will experience a mental health issue each year?
a. 1 in 10.
b. 1 in 8.
c. 1 in 6.
d. 1 in 4.
What is the global percentage of people with a mental health condition, according to Our World in Data?
According to the WHO, how many people are estimated to die due to suicide each year globally?
Rank these in order of the most common form of mental illness
Which of these is a common symptom of schizophrenia?
a. Hallucinations & delusions.
b. Violent behaviour.
c. Split personality.
d. Rapid heartbeat.
Which statement about OCD is the most accurate?
a. Everyone is a little bit OCD.
b. People with OCD experience frequent intrusive and unwelcome obsessional thoughts, often followed by repetitive compulsions or impulses.
c. People with OCD have frequent intrusive thoughts.
d. People with OCD just like things to be clean and tidy.
True or false, people with a mental health condition are more likely to commit a crime?
What is the global estimate of substance abuse according to Our World in Data?
a. 113 million people.
b. 138 million people.
c. 152 million people.
d. 164 million people.
Which of these famous historical figures experienced mental health problems?
a. Abraham Lincoln.
b. Winston Churchill.
c. Florence Nightingale.
d. Charles Dickens.
According to the World Health Organisation, how much does mental health cost the global economy?
a. $1 billion.
b. $10 billion.
c. $100 billion.
d. $1 trillion.
Which country’s Prime Minister was re-elected in 2001 after publicly taking time off for depression?
d. United Kingdom.
What percentage of countries don’t have any mental health legislation according to the World Health Organisation?
According to the World Bank, what percentage of the global child and adolescent population suffers from mental, neurological, or substance use disorders?
Which of the following ISN’T a personality disorder?
Q1: c. 30%.
Q2: d. 40%.
Q3: d. 1 in 4.
Q4: a. 10.7%.
Q5: b. 800,000.
Q6: Correct order: Anxiety with 284m, Depression with 264m, Bipolar with 46m, and Schizophrenia with 20m, according to Our World in Data.
Q7: a. Hallucinations & delusions.
Q8: b. People with OCD experience frequent intrusive and unwelcome obsessional thoughts, often followed by repetitive compulsions or impulses.
Q9: False, people with mental health conditions are more likely to be a victim of crime than to be a perpetrator.
Q10: d. 164 million people.
Q11: a. b. c. and d. Each of these people experienced some sort of mental illness. Abraham Lincoln experienced depression according to friends and colleagues, in which they described his “melancholy” and “blue spells”. Churchill described his depression as described as being his “black dog”. Experts believe that Florence Nightingale had bipolar disorder, and Charles Dickens would fall into a period of depression when he started a new book, which would lift as the work progressed.
Q12: d. $1 trillion.
Q13: b. Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik announced in 1998 that he was experiencing a depressive episode, and took three weeks of sick leave before returning to office. Bondevik said he received thousands of supportive letters.
Q14: d. 25%.
Q15: a. 20%.
Q16: a. Depressed.
To download the quizzes and answer sheets, just click on one of the buttons for the UK or the US. Sorry, I couldn’t do one for each country.
Pub Quiz – UK
Pub Quiz Answers – UK
Pub Quiz – US
Pub Quiz Answers – US
Myth Or Fact: Pub Quiz
Give each team a card that says Myth and Fact and instruct them to put the rest of the cards you’ll give them either in the Myth or Fact pile. You’ll then go through the answers at the end.
People can’t work if they have a mental illness
Poor mental health increases the risk of developing long-lasting (chronic) physical health conditions
People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable
Personality weakness or character flaws cause mental health problems
It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings
People with mental health problems can snap out of it if they try hard enough
Mental illness is very common
You should be able to get through mental health problems on your own
The stigma and discrimination around a mental illness can be worse than the condition itself
Self-harming isn’t a mental illness
3 in 4 mental illnesses start in before your turn 24
Only military personnel and veterans suffer from PTSD
|People can’t work if they have a mental illness|
1 in 4 people is affected by mental health issues, many of which are successful business leaders, politicians, and sports stars
|Poor mental health increases the risk of developing long-lasting (chronic) physical health conditions|
According to the CDC, poor mental health increases the risk of developing a physical health condition like heart disease, stroke, and/or cancer
|People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable|
People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence than to be a perpetrator of it
|Mental illness is very common |
Globally, 10.7% of the population has a mental illness, according to the World Health Organisation.
|Personality weakness or character flaws cause mental health problems|
Anyone can develop a mental health problem, with many factors from genes, injury, and family history all being at play
|The stigma and discrimination around a mental illness can be worse than the condition itself|
In a recent survey, 58% of people reported that stigma and discrimination is equally as damaging or harder to deal with than the condition itself. 87% also stated they’d experienced discrimination due to mental health problems
|It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings|
Young people experience and fear discrimination just like adults do, with nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems
|Self-harming isn’t a mental illness|
Self-harm isn’t a mental illness but it is a symptom of a mental distress
|People with mental health problems can snap out of it if they try hard enough|
This simply isn’t true, and please don’t say this to someone who’s experiencing issues with their mental health. People experiencing mental health can recover, but it often takes time
|3 in 4 mental illnesses start in before your turn 24|
According to the CDC, half of all mental illness occurs before someone turns 14, with three-quarters of mental illness beginning before the age of 24
The Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012 for the UK supports this, finding that 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday
|You should be able to get through mental health problems on your own|
While it is possible to get through mental health problems on your own, not everyone can, and nor should you have to. There is nothing wrong with seeking support
|Only military personnel and veterans suffer from PTSD|
Anyone can suffer from PTSD, as people develop it as a response to trauma they’ve experienced, such as crime and childbirth.
Click here to download a copy of the Myth or Fact pub quiz book. Just cut along the lines to turn them into cards.
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