July is Minority Mental Health month. The main goal is to raise awareness about health disparities that continually affect minority populations. When learning something new it's important to check our assumptions at the door.
5 Myths around Mental Health:
Mental health problems don’t affect me.
False. Annually one in five American adults experience a mental health issue.
2. Personality weakness or character flaws cause mental health problems.
False. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including: Biological factors, life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse, and family history of mental health problems.
3. There is no hope for people with mental health problems.
False. Studies show that people with mental health problems get better and many recover completely.
4. I can’t do anything for a person with a mental health problem.
False. You can help them find mental health services, educate yourself, treat them with respect, and refuse to define them by their diagnosis or using labels like "crazy".
5. Children don’t experience mental health problems.
False. Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24.
Complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM), is not a cure or treatment for diseases. Please consult with a medical professional.
*Reference: Magellan Health Insights