May is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma that many experience. In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, here are some common myths and facts about mental health:
Myth: People with mental health issues never get better.
Fact: Treatment works for more than 8 in 10 people who get help for depression, and as many as 9 in 10 people who get help for panic attacks.
Myth: People with mental health conditions are just weak
Fact: Many factors can impact mental health — including biology, environment, and challenging life events. Anyone can develop a mental health condition — there’s no single cause, and it isn’t anyone’s fault.
Myth: If I get treatment, my employer will find out
Fact: You decide who you want to tell — and not tell — about your care. Your medical record is confidential, and you can’t lose your job or your health insurance for getting treatment for a mental health or addiction issue.
Unfortunately, negative stereotypes prevent many people from reaching out and getting the help they need. By understanding the truth about mental health, you can spread the word to help raise awareness and fight stigma.