Myths around Mental Health

  • Myth: Depression results from a personality weakness or character flaw, and people who are depressed could just snap out of it if they tried hard enough. Fact: Depression has nothing to do with being lazy or weak. It results from changes in brain chemistry or brain function, and medication and/or psychotherapy often help people to recover.
  • Myth: People who threaten or attempt suicide are just seeking attention. Fact: Do not dismiss a suicide attempt as simply being an attention-seeking episode.  It is likely that the person is trying to gain attention that may well save their life.
  • Myth: Mental illness is a personal problem not a business concern. Fact: Depression is a leading cause of disability in the UK and accounts for a great deal of sickness absence.
  • Myth: Schizophrenics are often dangerous and violent. It is common for schizophrenics to kill people. Fact: Schizophrenics are actually more likely to harm themselves than they are to harm other people. The incidence of violence in schizophrenics is not much higher than in the general population.
  • Myth: Mental Health problems are very rare. Fact: Mental Health affects 1 in 4 people. 


On a more personal road, I’ve always been told that because I have mental health problems, I will never achieve my goal of becoming a mental health nurse/counsellor. This is absolutely banana’s. I can and I will achieve that goal – many mental health nurses/counsellors have had personal experience in different areas, which makes them more unique and easier to speak to as you feel they understand. It may take a while or even seem impossible, but it IS possible and your mental health won’t affect your progress as long as you’re getting support.

”If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”

Feel free to comment below with any mental health myths, and I’ll be sure to include them in this post. 



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