Mental health is still widely misunderstood in 2023.
Misinformation and stereotypes surrounding mental health are incredibly dangerous and are still actively being spread and believed.
When people believe the lies and stigma surrounding mental health, it directly gets in the way of accessing resources they need to feel better.
The ONLY way to stop the stigma surrounding mental health is to inform yourself and educate others.
Here are 5 myths about mental health that are dangerous to believe and spread:
Mental health conditions are NOT a sign of weakness or a character flaw. Believing this myth about mental health is a major barrier to asking for help and seeing your mental health as something that is capable of healing.
This myth is often pushed in the media after major tragedy. The truth is people who experience severe mental health conditions are more likely to be a VICTIM of violent crime than a perpetrator
"It's just hormones, teen mood swings" THIS ONE IRKS ME... Teens experience mental health conditions and when we pretend that they don't, they feel broken and uncared for.
This isn't an all or nothing situation. While some mental health conditions are genetic, and people are predisposed to experience them, that does NOT mean that we cannot prevent or protect against all mental health conditions. We can. We can also help decrease the impact mental health conditions have on our loved ones by offering love and support.
We often only hear eating disorders talked about in relation to wealthy white women and that is SO harmful for other populations who are impacted by disordered eating. It can make them question what they are experiencing and get in the way of being diagnosed and receiving access to treatment.
you can help end the stigma surrounding mental illness and save lives
When you educate yourself about the facts on mental health and spread your knowledge with others you are chipping away at the harmful misinformation about mental health in our country and actively protecting others.
You can make a difference - share this post with even ONE person and you are becoming a part of the positive change in mental health.
Former Athletic Trainer, current Mental Health Professional. Boston sports lover.