Myths and Misconceptions

It’s time to rethink mental health. As a society we’ve not been very good at talking about our emotions, or how we’re feeling, and there is still stigma and discrimination out there about mental health. Until we face the fact that we all have mental health and at times like that of physical health it can be out of balance, we risk losing another person to suicide.

Role of the Community
  • We, as a community, have a responsibility to identify and intervene when observing or learning of behavior that indicates a person is having difficulty functioning in day-to-day activities, or may be in danger to themselves or others.
  • Enhanced services and supports in the community are just as important as treatment so that the person can live, work, and integrate in their environment.
  • If you know of someone who makes comments or demonstrates behaviors that suggest he or she is having thoughts of hurting themselves or others, or is distressed, it is important that the individual gets help.
  • Persons with mental illness who receive proper treatment and supports will live, work and contribute to their communities. To make this happen, all members of the community have a responsibility to create and promote opportunities where persons with mental illness can feel safe, included and accepted.


Only certain people experience mental health problems.
Only some people have mental health.
Mental health problems don't affect me.
People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.
Personality weakness or character flaws cause mental health problems. People with mental health problems can snap out of it if they try hard enough.
Prevention doesn’t work. It is impossible to prevent mental illnesses.
If I have a mental illness, it is a sign of weakness—it's my fault.
If I seek help for my mental health problem, others will think I am “crazy.”
Mental health problems are very rare.
Depression is not a real medical problem.
Depression is something that strong people can “snap out of” by thinking positively.

Suicide Facts

  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds.
  • In the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the spring.
  • On average, 1 person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.
  • Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people.
  • There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.
  • Males make up 79% of all suicides, while women are more prone to having suicidal thoughts.
The bottom line: Males between the ages of 15 and 35 years of age make up the majority of suicidal deaths with most acts completed in the spring. Several men and women are unknowingly suffering from suicide and many of these individuals have contemplated suicide at one time or another.

Depression is among the most treatable of illnesses. Should you know someone who you believe may be depressed encourage him or her to use the services provided in Clay County.