Myth #1: Mental health problems don't affect me.
Fact: One in four people around the world will be affected by mental health at some point in their lives. (World Health Organization). However ⅔ of people with a mental health condition won’t seek help. If you aren’t experiencing mental health symptoms, odds are someone you love is. Also, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.
Myth #2: Youth don't experience mental health problems.
Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before the age of 14. Two/thirds of mental health disorders show their first signs before the age of 24. Eating disorders can develop as young as 8 years old.
Myth #3: Having a mental illness makes me different.
A mental health diagnosis is incredibly common; one in five individuals will be diagnosed with a mental illness throughout their life. There are other people just like you! A mental illness may be a part of who you are, but it doesn't define you. Don't let others' judgments hold you back from being you - the right people will stick by you no matter what diagnosis you have!
Myth #4: Having a mental health condition means I'm not strong enough to face my problems.
Many factors go into a mental health condition including: genetic predisposition, traumatic experiences, history of abuse, brain chemistry, and family history. Medications may be necessary to adjust brain chemistry or therapy to address traumatic experiences. Reaching out for help is an act of bravery, not weakness
Myth #5: I can't do anything for someone experiencing a mental illness.
Friends, family, and loved ones are a huge part of the path to wellness. Only 44% of adults and less than 20% of children with mental health problems ever receive the treatment needed to better their quality of life. You can help by: reaching out to your loved one, offering a listening ear, provide resources to mental health services, refuse to use stigmatizing labels like “crazy” or “psycho”and, possibly most importantly, treating them with respect and love.
Myth #6: I will be negatively impacted by my mental illness for life.
With the appropriate treatment and care, recovery is possible! Although your mental illness is likely to be with you for life, this does not mean that it defines you. You will learn coping skills and perhaps take a prescribed medication, but you will still be able to do all of things you plan to do! You are a recovery champion.
MYTHS VS. FACTS
We're decoding the most common mental health myths and giving you the facts!
The topic of mental health often comes with negative perceptions, judgment and fear of the unknown.
To Be Honest wants to address some of the common misconceptions about mental health and set the
record straight to show how mental health is common and more ordinary than you might believe.