General Article Mental health statistics, facts and myths

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These key facts and statistics about mental health problems can help to challenge the myths that can contribute to the stigma that many people still face.

 

It’s so important that we challenge these myths so we can understand the real facts about what mental health problems are and how they can affect people.

 

Mental health myths and facts

Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.

Fact: One in four 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: One in ten 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: N...

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