The National Alliance for Social and Emotional Freedom is urging people to treat themselves with kindness and empathy.
The organisation says people should consider how they react to a social phobic situation before reacting to a friend who has phobia.
“We know that some people experience social phobias when they feel alone and lonely,” NASSF’s National Executive Director, Jennifer Tingley, said.
“But they are also in a situation where they are not alone.
They have a loved one that has the same phobia.”
She said people who were in a similar situation should consider whether they should call the police.
“It’s about respecting their privacy, respecting the person, and respecting the way they respond to the situation,” Ms Tingleys said.NASSF is a network of organisations working to end the stigma around mental health.
It has worked with mental health workers, counsellors and community support services to raise awareness of the issue.
The group has also set up a social media platform to help people talk about their mental health and their feelings about it.
“When someone has a mental health problem, they should feel comfortable talking about it and not hide behind shame, and they should have the right to feel heard,” Ms Poulter said.
She said mental health problems are still a major issue and stigma still exists around the illness.
“People need to understand that there are different mental health issues and it’s really important that we treat all of the different types of mental health disorders equally and in a way that they are recognised and treated in the same way,” Ms Clements said.
Anyone with a mental illness should talk to their doctor, she said.