Myth: Mental health problems do not apply to me.
- One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue.
- One in ten young adults experienced a period of major depression.
- One in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness. These include; schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or serious depression.
Myth: People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.
- People with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. Many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities
Myth: Personality weakness or character flaws cause mental health problems. People with mental health problems can snap out of it if they try hard enough.
Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak and many people need help to get better. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including: Biological factors, like genes, physical illness, injury, or brain chemistry. Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse. And, family history of mental health problems