Mental health myths and facts

Myths and facts about mental health

The words 'myths' and 'facts' written on a blackboard

Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.

Fact: 1 in 15 women will experience a mental health problem in pregnancy

Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.

Fact: We probably all work with someone who has experienced a mental health problem.

Myth: If you tell people about a mental health problem your baby will be taken away

Fact: Health professionals will do everything to support you through pregnancy and in parenthood. They do not want to take your baby away.

Myth: People with mental health problems are generally downtrodden

Fact: Mental health problems can strike people from all walks of life – doctors, lawyers, teachers, bankers, shop assistants, chief executives.

Myth: Talking about mental health problems make it worse

Fact: The only way to get help is to talk – to your family and friends, as well as to health professionals.

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Last reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.

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