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Identifying and Addressing Myths About Mental Health

  • Posted at Oct 24, 2022
  • Written by Rebecca
Identifying and Addressing Myths About Mental Health

Unfortunately, the stigmas associated with mental health issues continue to keep people who are living with these issues from getting the help they need. Myths surrounding mental health issues stimulate stigmas – keeping people from wanting to get help for fear of judgment from people around them and other reasons. It’s important to address myths about mental health issues so that people have the correct information about mental health in order to break down stigmas associated with mental health issues. This way, more people feel comfortable and confident about getting the help they need.

Some common myths about mental health issues include:

Mental Health Issues are Rare

Continuing the myth that mental health issues are rare keeps people who are living with these disorders feeling like they are alone. And, it can make them feel that they might be looked at differently because they are different for living with these issues. But, the fact is that mental health issues are very common. In fact, according to the CDC, one in every 5 people experiences a mental health issue. That’s 20% of the entire population. So, if you are living with a mental health issue, know that you’re not alone. And, understand that mental health issues are much more common than you were led to believe, which is why mental health treatment is more widely available and effective than ever before.

People With Mental Health Issues Are Fragile

There is a common stigma that’s associated with mental health that people living with these conditions are weak. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Mental health issues are illnesses. So, just like people with physical illnesses that still hold down jobs and family responsibilities, people with mental health issues that do the same are far from weak – they are stronger than most! Living with an illness is not something people choose, it’s something that develops and doesn’t discriminate. So, it doesn’t have anything to do with a person’s character, strength, or will. If anything, living with a mental health issue takes courage as doing daily tasks and tending to personal responsibilities can be even more of a challenge. So, don’t ever believe someone that tells you that you are fragile or weak for living with a mental health issue.

Mental Health = Violence

There’s a strong stigma that associates mental health issues with violence. This can keep people living with mental health issues from getting help because they don’t want people to fear them or judge them. The media pushes a picture of violence on people with mental health issues, which transfers to the general population. However, the truth of the matter is that most people who are living with mental health issues aren’t violent. Some mental health conditions can have symptoms that include hostile mood swings, but this is a small percentage of people – even for the most severe types of mental health issues. When we fight the myth that people with mental health issues are violent, more people will be willing to open up about what they’re going through and reach out for the help they need.

Getting Help with Mental Health Issues at Yellowbrick

There may always be stigmas and myths surrounding mental health issues. But, it’s important for people living with these issues to know that regardless of the myths, help is available and successful for those who try it. Yellowbrick is committed to helping people who are living with these issues so that they can live lives of better quality and mental well-being. And, provide services in order for individuals to better manage symptoms of mental health issues. Find out more about our services and treatment offerings from our website.

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