Myths & the truth: Fighting bad attitudes about mental illness.

The problem

False beliefs and bad attitudes about mental illness can cause issues for you and your family

  • Our family, friends and others don’t understand
  • Bias at work  or school
  • Trouble finding housing
  • Bullying or violence
  • Doubt that you will ever be able to make it or get better 


What fears do these myths cause in you?

  • Fear of people knowing
  • Fear of family and friends turning their backs
  • Fear of unfairness


Myth Truth
People with mental health needs are violent.
Most people with mental health needs are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Most people with mental illness are not violent.
People with mental health needs cannot handle the stress of a job.
People with mental health needs perform just as well as others. Companies report that they show up. They have drive and do good work.
Weakness causes mental health needs. People can snap out of it if they try hard enough.

Mental health needs have nothing to do with being lazy or weak. Many people need help to get better. Just like physical sickness, many things can cause mental health problems.

I cannot do anything for a person with mental health needs.

Friends and loved ones can make a big difference. Only 44% of adults with mental health problems get the care they need. Friends and family can help someone get the care they need.

There is no hope for people with mental health needs. A friend or family member with  mental health needs will never get better.

People with mental health needs get better. Many  stay better. They are able to live, work, learn, and take part in their communities. There are more treatments, services and support systems than ever before — and they work.


1 in 5 people live with mental health problems. Less than half of them get help.

Be part of the solution:

We are your partner in fighting bad attitudes. We work very hard in the communities we serve to increase awareness and understanding of mental health issues.

We want to help you & your family:

  • Teach others about mental health illness - Share understanding your own experiences
  • Never use terms like crazy, lunatic or psycho - Correct people when they do
  • Become an advocate - Speak out about test stereotypes in the media. Tell your community about the truth and getting better

Call us at (866) 472-4585 or 711 (TTY only).

Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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