Some Important Facts about Mental Health Problems

  • 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.

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