Facts And Myths About Mental Health Today

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Despite massive awareness campaigns a great deal of stigma still surrounds mental health problems and this stigma is purely a result of ignorance and lack of education. The following represents just some of the facts and myths about mental health today.

Facts

•    Mental health problems are common, they can happen to anyone at any time irrespective of age, gender, social status, ethnicity or geographical location. Either you, or someone close to you, could be suffering from a mental health problem right now. One in four adults are suffering from a mental health problem in any one year and one in ten children between the ages of 5 and 15.

•    According to the mental health organisation ‘Mind’, around 300 people out of every 1000 will experience a mental health problem every year in the UK. Out of this 230 will visit their doctor about it, 102 of them will be diagnosed with a mental health problem, 24 will then be referred to a specialist service and only 6 will be admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

•    The evidence suggests that around 25% of people suffering from a mental health problem will not contact their doctor about it.

•    Less than four in ten employers are willing to employ someone who has a history of mental health problems compared to more than six out of ten who would consider someone with a physical disability (Layard et al, 2006).

•    People with mental health problems are more likely to die younger than other people without mental health problems as a result of lack of access to mental health care (Equal Treatment – Closing the Gap, the Disability Rights Commission’s formal investigation into physical health inequalities, 2007).

•    Seventy percent of people affected by mental illness say they have been discriminated against as a result of their mental health problems and most people say that if they developed a mental health problem they wouldn’t want anyone to know (Rethink).

Myths

People with mental health problems are not more likely to be dangerous and aggressive as many people mistakenly believe. The truth is that most violent crimes are committed by people who have no mental health problems and people with mental health problems are actually more likely to be a victim of violent crime than the rest of the population.

Schizophrenia is not split personality as many people still believe and some professionals are calling for the name to be changed in order to stop this myth from perpetuating. Schizophrenia is now thought to be a whole range of disorders rather than just one, which is why there are several subcategories of schizophrenia.

Mental illness is treatable contrary to what many people still think and the majority of people with mental health problems do go on to make a full and complete recovery.

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1 Comment

  1. Rob Reid
    Posted September 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I too have had depression and anxiety for many years. I gave up alcohol and cigarettes which helped a little but did not solve it.

    The last few months have been incredible, as I have read a lot and indeed your site was one which contributed.

    I personally cut out Flouride, Aspartame, used filtered water to try and cut out heavy metals, as well as taking pure epa tablets which work wonders, and also chlorella which should get rid of any heavy metals in the body.

    I am posting this comment for the above mentions, but also because I would like to mention the chinese art of Chi Kung, this is based on many breathing exercises, and may help people with illnesses/conditions or simply mental well being.

    The book I bought was ‘The Art of Chi Kung’ by Wong Kiew Kit.

    Its based on ancient principles, and the amount of people on the internet who have had serious illnesses who have experienced great improvements through the simple techniques is staggering.

    Thought it might be something for you to look at.

    Kind regards

    Rob Reid

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