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Truth Vs Myth

Find out about the facts and donĀ¹t be mislead by myths

Myth:

People with mental health problems are violent



Truth is:

This is a myth. People with mental health problems are much more likely to be the victim of violence. The violence myth makes it harder for people to talk openly about mental health problems.

Myth:

People who have everything to live for don't commit suicide



Truth is:

There is no reality, only perception. You might view financial success, a loving partner or children as key to having the perfect life but, a person suffering from mental or emotional illness can perceive the same situation very differently.

Myth:

Those who talk about suicide don't really do it



Truth is:

Nothing could be further from the truth. If they're talking about it, they're crying out for help. Take them seriously and get them the help they need.

Myth:

People never recover from a mental illness



Truth is:

Many people can and do recover completely from mental health problems. Alongside professional help, the support of friends, family and getting back to work are all important in helping people recover.

Myth:

There's not much you can do to help a friend experiencing a mental health problem



Truth is:

If someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem, just staying in touch can really help. For many people, it is the small things that friends do that can make a difference, like visiting or phoning.

Myth:

People can't work if they have a mental health problem



Truth is:

With one in four people affected by mental health problems, you probably study or work with someone with a mental health problem. However, people are often too frightened to be open about their experiences in case they become victims of discrimination.