Time to Change, a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. On Thursday 2nd Feb 2017 they are promoting Time to Talk. A day to help people open up about mental health!
Time to Talk have produce a list of mental myths which we reproduce below. But do you have any you would like to add? Please feel free to share in the comments section below!
There are lots of myths about mental health. Knowing a few facts can help us to challenge any negative thoughts and actions.
Here are some to think about:
- 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.
You can find the original on the Time to Talk website here.