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Some Mental Health Facts & Myths

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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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