Myths and Facts about Mental Health
Due to the common misconceptions about mental health conditions by the general public, many with mental health issues tend to experience discrimination, which often results in them not seeking help early. Thus, it is essential to understand the myths and facts about mental illness.
Myth: Once a person develops a mental health condition, he/she will never recover.
Studies have shown that most people with a mental health condition get better, with many making a full recovery. For some, recovery is the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life. For others, recovery suggests the reduction of symptoms.
Myth: There is no hope for people with a mental health condition.
There are more treatments and community support than ever before. There are many success stories of persons in recovery. You may click here or visit the Mental Health Awareness Singapore Facebook page to learn about the stories.
Myth: I can’t do anything for someone with a mental health condition.
You can do a lot, starting with the way you act and how you speak. For example:
- Avoid labelling people with words like “crazy,” or by their diagnosis.
- Learn the facts about mental health and share them with others, especially if you hear something that is untrue.
- Treat people with any mental health condition with respect and dignity. Respect and do not discriminate against them when it comes to housing, employment or education.
Myth: People with a mental health condition are violent and unpredictable.
In reality, the vast majority of people who have a mental health condition are no more violent than anyone else. You probably know someone with a mental health condition and don’t even realise it.
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