Let’s put an end to the myths around
mental health problems

Myth: Mental health problems are rare.

Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem, which means someone you know may be struggling with mental illness.

Myth: I can’t do anything to support someone with a mental health problem.

Fact: There are lots of things you can do to make a difference to their life:

  • Check in
  • Listen and don’t judge
  • Treat them in the same way
  • Ask Twice
  • Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.

    Fact: People with a mental illness can hold down a successful job. We all probably work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.

    Myth: You can’t recover from mental health problems.

    Fact: They might not go away forever but lots of people with mental health problems still work, have families and lead full lives.

    Myth: People with mental illness are usually violent and unpredictable.

    Fact: Most people with mental health problems, even those with severe ones like schizophrenia, are not violent. Someone with a mental illness is more likely to be a victim of violence than inflict it.

    Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty – it’s nothing.

    Fact: 1 in 8 young people will experience a mental health problem.