Its time to talk
Feb 6th each year is Time To Talk Day - talk about mental illness, that is. Below are some myths and facts you might like to share with people at work. Time to change
are a great UK-wide organisation with lots of helpful resources and ideas to get people talking in your community.
Mental health myths and facts
Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.
Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.
Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.
Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty, it’s nothing.
Fact: 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.
Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.
Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.
Myth: People with mental health problems don't experience discrimination
Fact: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
Myth: It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings.
Fact: Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.
Read more myths and facts here; http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-statistics-facts
The Mind and Soul Team, 06/02/2014