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.
- One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue.
- One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression.
- One in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
Personality weakness or character flaws cause mental health problems. People with mental health problems can snap out of it if they try hard enough.
- Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness, injury, or brain chemistry.
- Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse.
- Family history of mental health problems.
- Higher overall productivity
- Better educational outcomes
- Lower crime rates
- Stronger economies
- Lower health care costs
- Improved quality of life
- Increased lifespan
- Improved family life
Mental illnesses are not a condition that people choose to have or not have. Mental illnesses are not results of willful, petulant behavior. No one should have to feel ashamed of this condition any more than any other medical condition.
- 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.
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.