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Mental Health myths - part 1

We’ve pulled together some common myths about mental health – and the truth behind them to help you separate fact from fiction…

Mental health problems continue to be a growing concern in the UK, with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbating the situation.

However, there is still a lack of understanding and information out there surrounding our mental wellbeing. Ahead of ‘Time to Talk Day’, a day dedicated to getting people comfortable talking about mental health, we thought we’d debunk some of the more common myths.

Myth 1: "Mental health problems are rare"

This is not true. Mental health problems are widespread and can affect a variety of people from every walk of life. Statistics show that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year - with mixed anxiety and depression being the most common mental disorder in Britain. Find out more by visiting the Mental Health Foundation website.

Myth 2: "Asking for help with mental health problems is a sign of weakness"

Getting help if you are suffering with mental health problems is crucial and talking about your symptoms is the first step in getting the help you need. Anyone can suffer with a mental health issue and so it’s important to openly discuss symptoms which you are experiencing. Time to Change is an organisation which promotes the importance of talking about mental health – take a look at their website for resources and tips on this.

Myth 3: "You can’t recover from a mental health illness"

Incorrect. You can recover from a mental health illness and many people do. Treatment and recovery are ongoing processes that happen over a period of time and the first step on the road to recovery is getting the help you need. With serious mental health problems, finding ways of managing your condition is important – getting better may not necessarily mean going back to how your life was before the illness but finding ways to take control of certain areas of your life. Read more about recovery from mental health charity Mind.

Myth 4: "There is no discrimination against people with mental health problems"

Whilst attitudes about mental health problems are improving – particularly with the help of charities and other organisations raising awareness of the issues involved, individuals can still face discrimination. A survey by Time to Change showed that almost nine out of ten people with mental health problems (87%) reported the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on their lives. Visit their website for more information on the impact of the discrimination.

To learn about looking after your mental health and wellbeing, why not read our article on 10 ways to help improve your mental health


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