Some Mental Health Facts & Myths

The Time-To-Change Campaign states (September 2015):

 

Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.

Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. 

 

Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.

Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.

 

Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty, it’s nothing.

Fact: 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.

 

Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.

Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.

 

Myth: People with mental health problems don't experience discrimination.

Fact: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and           discrimination.

 

Myth: It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings.

Fact: Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.

 

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