Mental Health Myths … this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. So we’ve decided to bust some myths and misconceptions about mental health. Let’s go!
#1 Mental Health Issues Are A Sign Of Weakness
For some reason some people think that mental health issues are a sign of weakness. These are usually people who have never experienced mental health issues themselves but not always. Sometimes people with mental health issues believe that if they were stronger they wouldn’t be affected. This is just not true. Mental health issues can affect anyone and they are also very common.
#2 Mental Health Issues Are Rare
Mental health issues are very common, if you haven’t experienced them yourself you probably know someone who has. Not only are mental health issues common but they can affect people from every walk of life.
#3 Only People With Mental Health Conditions Need To Take Care Of Their Mental Health
Just like physical health we all have mental health. We try to stay fit and healthy to avoid becoming physically unwell. It is equally important for everyone to take steps to promote their mental health and well-being.
#4 Therapy Is A Waste Of Time
Treatment for our mental health is no different to treatment for our physical health. There are different treatment options available and some people will choose medication while others choose therapy or a mixture of the 2.
#5 Our Mental Health Is Less Important Than Our Physical Health
Mental and physical health are equally important to our all round health. To function properly our body needs both mental and physical health. Research shows that people with mental health issues are more likely to have preventable physical health conditions such as heart disease.
So if you are struggling with mental health issues please know that you are not weak and you are not alone. There are lots of mental health charities and people to talk to. By opening up and accepting that you need some help makes you really strong.
To find out more about mental health visit the Mind website.