There are still many myths floating around out there about mental health, ranging from the absurd to the contradictory to the somewhat plausible. All are equally false. Unfortunately, these ideas make it harder for those suffering from mental health troubles to get the support and attention they need.
Below are some myths, followed by facts about mental health:
'Young people and children don’t suffer from mental health problems.'
It is estimated that more than six million young people in America may suffer from a mental health disorder that severely disrupts their ability to function at home, in school, or in their community.
'A person who has had a mental illness can never be normal.' Fact:
People with mental illnesses can, and do, recover to resume normal activities.
'Mentally ill people are dangerous.' Fact:
The vast majority of people with a mental illness are not violent. In cases when violence does occur, the incident typically results from the same reasons as with the general public, such as feeling threatened or excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs.
'People with mental illnesses can work low-level jobs but aren’t suited for really important or responsible positions.' Fact:
People with mental illnesses, like everyone else, have the potential to work at any level depending on their own abilities, experience and motivation.
How You Can Combat Stigma:
- Share your experience with mental illness. Your story can convey to others that having a mental illness is nothing to be embarrassed about - Help people with mental illness re-enter society. Support their efforts to obtain housing and jobs - Respond to false statements about mental illness or people with mental illness. Many people have wrong and damaging ideas on the subject. Accurate facts and information may help change both their ideas and actions
Until next Monday,