Myths and Facts

There are many different myths about mental health problems and they often contribute to the stigma that many people still face. It’s so important that we challenge these myths so we can understand the real facts around a mental illness.

Myth

Mental health problems are very rare.

Fact

Mental health problems affect one in four people.

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

One in ten 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

Nine out of ten 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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