Last updated on July 18th, 2019
14 important facts about mental health
Interesting MYTHS VS FACTS
Millions of Americans silently fight every year for mental health problems. Mental health awareness month aims to de-stigmatize this condition by encouraging open conversations as well as developing and implementing effective treatment methods.
We hope these 14 mental health facts will encourage you to discuss these issues with the people you care about.
- One in five Americans have had some form of mental illness, and one in 25 has had a serious mental illness, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
- Suicide accounts for over 800,000 deaths worldwide each year, with over 41,000 in the United States alone. It is the second leading cause of death in the world among young people between the ages of 15 and 29.
- The rate of mental disorders has doubled for those who have been in the war or suffered a major disaster.
- People with mental health problems are not usually violent. In fact, only 3-5% of the various acts of violence can be contributed by those people who have a serious mental illness.
- Manyfactors can lead to mental illness, such as genetics, physical injuries or diseases and traumatic life experience.
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- Many people do not seek treatment for mental illness due to the associated stigma. Only 44% of adults with diagnosable mental illness receive treatment.
- Treatment for mental health problems does not only consist of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Therapy, yoga, meditation and holistic treatments can help to calm the symptoms.
- By addressing risk factors such as trauma, it is possible to prevent certain mental disorders, especially in children and adolescents.
- Improving mental health services in low and middle-income countries is not as expensive as some might think. An investment of only $ 2-4 per inhabitant would have a great impact on millions of lives.
- Each year, serious mental illness costs the United States nearly $ 200 billion in lost profits.
- 50.5% of adults in the United States who have had a problem with substance abuse also suffer from mental illness.
- 20% of young people have a mental health condition, and one in 10 young people have a period of major depression.
- Members of the LGBTQ community are twice as likely as heterosexual people to have a mental health condition.
- 14 70-90% of people seeking adequate treatment for mental health disorders testify to a significant reduction in symptoms.
Myth: children have no mental health problems.
Fact: Even very young children can show warning signs of mental health problems. Half of all mental disorders show the first signs before a person turns 14, and three-quarters of mental disorders begin before age 24. Unfortunately, less than even 20% of children and adult people with already diagnosable various mental health problems receive proper treatment that they need. Early support for mental health can help a child before problems interfere with other developmental needs.
Myth: Most of the people bearing mental health problems are angry-man, violent and unpredictable.
Fact: Most people with mental illnesses are not violent and only 3-5% of violent acts can be attributed to people suffering from a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illness are more than 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crimes than the general population. You probably know someone with a mental health problem and you don’t even realize it, because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.
Myth: People with mental health needs, even those who control their mental illness, can not tolerate the stress of having a job.
Fact: People with mental health problems are as productive as other employees. When employees with mental health problems receive effective treatment, they can result in:
• Lower total health costs
• Increased productivity
• Low absenteeism
• The decrease in disability costs
Myth: Personality weakness or character defects cause mental health problems. People with mental health problems can appear if they try hard enough.
Fact: Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak, and many people need help to improve. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
• Biological factors, such as genes, physical illnesses, injuries or brain chemistry.
• Experiences of life, such as a trauma or a history of abuse.
• Family history of mental health problems. People with mental health problems can improve and many heal completely.
Myth: There is no hope for people with mental health problems to get recovered. Once a friend or family member develops mental health problems, they will never recover.
Fact: Studies show that people with mental health problems improve and many heal completely. Recovery refers to the process by which people can live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities. There are more treatments, services and support systems for the community than ever, and they work.
Myth: Therapy and self-help is a waste of time. Why worry when you can take a pill?
Fact: Treatment for mental health problems varies depending on the person and can include medication, therapy or both. Many people work with a support system during the healing and recovery process.
Myth: I can’t do anything for those people who have a body with some mental health problem.
Fact: Only 44% of adults with mental health diagnostic problems and less than 20% of children and adolescents receive the necessary treatment. Friends and family can be really much important to help someone get the treatment and services that they actually need:
Get in touch with them and let them know you are willing to help them. How to help them access mental health services. Learn and share mental health data, especially if you feel something is not true. Treat them with respect, as you would with any other person. Your diagnosis or the use of labels as “crazy”
Myth: prevention does not work. It is impossible to prevent mental illness.
Fact: It is the poorest myth ever regarding mental health problems. The recovery from many of the mental problems can be done under proper guidance. The promotion of the social-emotional well-being of children and young people leads to:
• Greater general productivity
• Better educational outcomes
• Lower crime rates
• Stronger economies
• Reduced costs of medical care
• Improvement of quality of life
• Improves lifespan
• Improvement of family life