Mental Health.gov compiled a list of 9 commonly believed myths about mental health and provides facts to prove them wrong. Many people have learned inaccurate information about people with mental health issues for a variety of reasons. Whether it be because of how media displays mental health, or a lack of experience and exposure with the population. Listed below are 2 of the myths on the site to see more visit MentalHealth.gov.
Myth: People suffering from a mental illness are weak and chose not to work hard enough to fix the problem.
Fact: Having a mental health problem has nothing to do with a person’s character. Or whether or not someone is lazy or weak. Many different factors contribute to mental health problems such as the following:
- Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness, injury, or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
- People with mental health problems can get better and recover completely from a disorder much like someone can improve after having a broken arm.
Myth: I can not do anything that would make a difference to a person with a mental illness.
Fact: Family and friends can really influence a person with a mental illness. 56% of the population of people with a mental health disorder do not get the help they need. Fewer than 20% of children receive the treatment they need according to the mentalhealth.gov. Family and friends can really create an impact and here are some ways you could help:
- Helping them access mental health services
- Doing your part by educating yourself and those around you about mental health
- Keeping in mind that people suffering with a mental illness deserve respect
- Refusing to define them by their diagnosis or using labels such as “crazy”
- Making sure they know you are available and willing to help
Can you think of any other myths surrounding mental health? Let us know in the comment below.