Myth

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Mental health problems are rare.

Fact

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem, which means someone you know may be struggling with mental illness.

Myth

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I can’t do anything to support someone with a mental health problem.

Fact

There are lots of things you can do to make a difference to their life:

• Check in

• Listen and don’t judge

• Treat them in the same way

• Ask Twice

Myth

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People with mental illness aren’t able to work.

Fact

People with a mental illness can hold down a successful job. We all probably work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.

Myth

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You can’t recover from mental health problems.

Fact

They might not go away forever but lots of people with mental health problems still work, have families and lead full lives.

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People with mental illness are usually violent and unpredictable.

Fact

Most people with mental health problems, even those with severe ones like schizophrenia, are not violent. Someone with a mental illness is more likely to be a victim of violence than inflict it.

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Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty – it’s nothing.

Fact

1 in 8 young people will experience a mental health problem.