Answers

1. FALSE: One in every 5 Americans have a mental illness in their life time.

2. TRUE: Suicidal behavior is a psychiatric emergency. Suicidal thoughts or behaviors should not be ignored. Professional HELP is needed.   

3. FALSE: See below. 

4. TRUE: Giving personal items away can be a warning sign an individual is contemplating suicide.  

5. FALSE: 988 is a 24-hour Suicide & Crisis LIfeline. Call: 988  Text: 988  Website: https://988lifeline.org/

6. TRUE: Half of adults diagnosed with mental health disorders usually present by age 14 (according to the World Health Organization). 

7. TRUE: Bullying, obesity, witnessing violence, family history of depression are risk factors that can increase depression in children and adolescents. 

MENTAL HEALTH

MYTHS

“MENTAL ILLNESS IS A LACK OF WILL POWER. IT IS A WEAKNESS.”

“MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT A REAL ILLNESS. IT IS NOT A DISEASE.”

“YOU WILL BE DRUGGED AND NEVER BE THE SAME.”

“PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS CAN NOT WORK.”

“PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS CAN NOT LIVE INDEPENDENTLY IN THE COMMUNITY.”

“YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH. YOU NEED TO PRAY MORE.”

FACTS

Mental illness is a real disease.

An individual diagnosed with mental illness has the right to agree or disagree with prescribed medication. 

Not all people with mental illnesses are violent. 

Because an individual receives a diagnosis of mental illness does not automatically eliminate that person from working.  

Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not necessarily prohibit a person from living independently. 

 

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