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Monday Myths: Mental Health

Monday Myths: Mental Health

Róisín Lynch

‘Monday Myths’ is a new segment on Missy.ie, where we state facts about certain topics, and you decide if you believe them to be true or false. We’ll then let you know whether it’s true or not.

This week’s topic is…Mental Health

Let’s see how true these mental health myths are…

Children don’t experience mental health problems…

False!

Mental health can manifest in children in the same way it does adults. It can be a result of trauma, or chemical imbalances. Children can experience mental health problems to the same degree as teenagers and adults.

Mental health problems are permanent…

False!

Everyones experience with mental health problems are different. Some may have to learn how to navigate their highs and lows throughout life, while some find a solution in therapy and medication. The most important thing to know is help is always available and it will get easier.

Mental health doesn’t discriminate…

True!

No matter how much easier someones life might be over someone else’s, it doesn’t mean someone is exempt from experiencing mental health problems. If you are human there is a chance you will struggle with a mental health problem at some point. Remember to speak up and get help, you don’t have to stay stuck!

People who struggle with mental health issues struggle to work…

False!

While you might find it a little bit more difficult some days there is no reason after getting the help you need that you shouldn’t be able to work to the same level as everyone else. It is also possible to suffer from functioning mental health issues, which pose little threat on your working abilities.

Everyone should go to therapy…

True!

Therapy isn’t just for those who are really struggling. Just like you go to the gym to take care of your body, therapy is a great way to take care of your mind and is nothing to be ashamed of.

Were you surprised by any of these mental health myths? 

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