May 3, 2021: Debunking Mental Health Myths

Your mental health influences how you think, feel and behave every day. When your emotional wellbeing is strong, you are better able to cope with life’s stressors.

This past year, the challenges created across the globe by the pandemic have brought greater awareness to mental health concerns than ever before. However, plenty of myths and misunderstandings still surround the topic of mental health, including:

  • Myth: Mental health problems don’t affect me. Fact: Concerns such as anxiety, depression and stress are actually very common. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that one in five Americans are affected by a mental health disorder every year.
  • Myth: Once a friend or family member develops a mental health issue, it will be difficult for them to recover. Fact: Studies show that people with mental health concerns get better and many recover completely. With support and treatment, people are able to live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities. 
  • Myth: I can’t do anything for a person with a mental health concern. Fact: This might be the biggest myth of all. You can make a big difference by encouraging someone to get the services and treatment they need.

Find more myth busters as well as current mental health statistics in the One in Five Campaign toolkit. The site includes additional resources to recognize signs, start the conversation and help someone you care about find the way forward to address a mental health concern.

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