Mental health problems are surrounded by a stigma in the community. If you’ve ever been diagnosed with or thought you may have a mental health problem then you’ll already be aware of it.
A lot of people don’t understand mental health problems very well, and there are some common myths that we would like to address below:
Myth. Mental health problems are rare and tend to happen to a certain group in society.
Truth. Mental health problems are common and they don’t discriminate. People from all walks of life have and do suffer from mental health problems.
Myth. People with mental health problems want to be left alone.
Truth. People with mental health issues don’t want to be isolated, but it is harder to reach out to others. It’s important to be flexible in your approach and do what you can do to connect with others.
Myth. People with mental health problems are disabled and are better left to recover at home.
Truth. People with mental health issues belong in and deserve to be part of the workplace and broader society.
Myth. People with mental illnesses can never be normal.
Truth. Mental health problems can be brief and transitory, and there is piles of research to show this. Lifelong illness is the exception rather than the rule.
Myth. People with mental health problems should be on medication.
Truth. Medication isn’t always required or the best option. Don’t presume the person and their health care team haven’t tried medication already. Decisions about health care should be left up to the person and their doctor.
Myth. People with mental health problems will underperform and generally deteriorate over time.
Truth. People with mental health problems can be outstanding members of society and they can excel on all levels. The fact is that this is already happening but you just don’t know the leaders who have a diagnosis.
Myth. It’s too hard to talk to someone who is unwell.
Truth. You don’t have to know anything to offer general support – being positive doesn’t cost anything.
Myth. Mental health problems are more like a weakness than a real illness.
Truth. They can happen to anyone and the person isn’t to blame any more than any other medical problem.
Myth. People with mental health problems are dangerous or unpredictable.
Truth. People with mental illness are less dangerous and violent than the general population.
We would love to hear your feedback on this important issue. Remember you can Get in Touch with us for help and support.
Where is Our Mental Health Stigma Service Located?
We are conveniently located 59 Hamilton Street, Craigieburn VIC 3064.
To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256