Mental health problems are common and can affect anyone.
People with mental health problems do not lose their personality or intelligence, although the symptoms can sometimes change the way a person behaves when they are unwell.
People with mental health problems usually recover – there is a better chance of recovery from mental health problems than from some physical illnesses.
People with mental health problems want to work and to contribute to society, but it is often other people’s attitudes that prevent them from doing so.
Two thirds of employers, when asked, said that they did not feel comfortable employing a person with a mental health problem.
Many people with mental health problems continue to live life to the full, working and enjoying positive relationships and activities.
Sometimes, having a severe and enduring mental illness has a devastating effect on people’s live. With the right treatment and support, the person has a better chance of improvement and recovery.
People with schizophrenia do not have a split personality.
People with severe and enduring mental health problems are not usually dangerous – in fact, they are more likely to be victims of crime.
People with mental health problems are not weak and they do not bring the problems on themselves.
A growing body of evidence suggests that mental health problems cannot be separated from physical health, as the mind and body are closely interrelated.
Sometimes people dismiss others’ mental health problems or distress by judging them as weak. This is no more helpful or appropriate than judging someone for having a physical illness or disability.
Ordinary members of the public can help people experiencing mental health problems and make a real difference to their recovery.