Only until more recently, mental illnesses and mental health disorders were taboo topics. People were uncomfortable talking about these subjects or their mental health struggles. As a result, rumors and misunderstandings about mental illnesses ran wild. The media played no helping hand with exaggerated stories and extreme cases being showcased regularly. Although there has been progress, there are still several popular misconceptions about mental disorders that many people still believed to be true and may even be falsely spreading.
The objective of this post is to dispel these myths associated with mental illness to help break the stigma and encouraging people to get the help they need.
– People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.
Fact – The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Most people with mental illness are not violent and only 3%-5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. You probably know someone with a mental health problem and don’t even realize it, because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.
– People with mental health needs, even those who are managing their mental illness, cannot tolerate the stress of holding down a job.
Fact –People with mental illnesses, like everyone else, have the potential to work at any level job depending on their own abilities, experience and motivation. When employees with mental health problems receive effective treatment, it can result in:
- Lower total medical costs
- Increased productivity
- Lower absenteeism
- Decreased disability costs
Come back tomorrow for more mental health myths.