Myths about mental health

Research shows that mental health is very often a medical condition, which not only requires support and treatment but proper education and understanding of the condition.

Sadly, two-thirds of individuals who have a diagnosable mental illness will not seek professional help for it; for many, the stigma associated with mental illness prevents them from taking those pivotal steps to get the help and support they need, for fear of discrimination.

At Pinnacle, we want to challenge the myths about mental health, which can often contribute to this stigma that people still face. We want to enable people to come forward and seek professional advice, support, and guidance they need to start making positive steps towards a happier, healthier version of themselves.

Myth: There is nothing I can do to help an individual suffering from mental health problems.
Fact: Friends, family, and other support networks can make a significant difference to those suffering from mental health issues and often, it is these groups of people who are able to influence the individual to seek professional support and treatment that they need.

Myth: Mental health issues don’t affect young people, it’s just a part of puberty
Fact: Young people can experience mental health issues, whether this is a product of their biology, a psychological issue that they have had to endure or perhaps social or other life factors. Early intervention and support can ensure that they receive the treatment they need.

Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.
Fact: 1 in 4 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: 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: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.