Learn the Facts
Imagine if you were blamed for having cancer,
if you were called weak for Multiple Sclerosis,
or if you were told your diabetes was all in your head.
The message below is from Bring Change 2 Mind's website.
One of the best ways you can help someone with mental illness is by understanding what it is — and what it isn't. After all, myths about mental illnesses contribute to stigma, which in turn prevents those who are living with one from seeking help.
The fact is, a mental illness is a disorder of the brain — your body's most important organ — and 1 in 6 adults lives with a brain-related illness including depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and schizophrenia.
Like most diseases of the body, mental illness has many causes — from genetics to other biological, environmental and social/cultural factors. And just as with most diseases, mental illnesses are no one's fault. The unusual behaviors associated with some illnesses are symptoms of the disease — not the cause.
But most importantly, mental illnesses are treatable through medication and psycho-social therapies — allowing those who live with them the opportunity to lead full and productive lives.