Fact NOT Fiction!
Check out some of the most common Myths that we hear from young people - and what the actual TRUTH is...
1. Everything online is true! What we look at on the internet, social media and see in the entertainment and fashion industry has long been identified as being a negative influence on young people’s view of perfection and their own views of themselves. Remember not everything we see or hear is real. Images are airbrushed on the internet and magazines to help the media world and entertainment businesses create images that promote products and make money. Try to be mindful of this and if necessary explore your feelings with someone you trust.
2. People with mental health problems are dangerous! This is completely untrue. Mental health statistics suggest that up to 65% of people in the UK have reported that they have suffered with a mental health problem or illness including depression, panic attacks, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and more. The problem is that society has been falsely led to believe that those suffering with mental health problems are considered to be dangerous or violent. This is due to the stigmatisation, or random hearsay, or the media sometimes blowing news reports out of proportion and sensationalising the facts. The actual truth is that those who suffer with mental health problems are actually more likely to be victims of violence or cause harm to themselves rather than anyone else. Evidence has shown that only 3-5% of violent incidents in the UK are committed by people with a serious mental illness.
3. Asking for help is a sign of weakness! Asking for help takes courage no matter what the issue may be and it’s fair to say most of us may be reluctant to ask for help for some reason or another. However recognising you may need help is considered to be a very positive strength and skill as those who understand this are in touch and self-aware and display good mindfulness. Many support services believe that if more of us recognised that our wellbeing was being affected and asked for help the stigma associated with wellbeing issues would be much less.
4. Just ignore it… it will go away! What if it won’t go away and gets worse? Leaving problems, worries and poor wellbeing issues to get better on their own is not recommended. Recognising problems and acting on them is the best way to prevent your situation from getting worse. Early intervention is the key to early recovery from what may be affecting you and prevention of further problems in the future.
5. Mental health is not as important as physical health! It is just as important to take care of your mental / emotional health as it is looking after your physical health. Mental health and physical health are very much related with one affecting the other. Mental health plays a big role in our ability to sustain good physical health. Mental illnesses, such as anxiety and / or depression can have a direct link to poor physical health due to associated problems such as bad eating habits, self-harm and sleep disorders that as a consequence of poor mental health can affect physical wellbeing.