Myths about mental health

Now it's time to answer some questions and dispel some common myths around mental health.

MYTH Being lesbian, gay or bisexual is a mental illness.

FACT Being gay is not a mental health problem itself, but mental health problems among gay people are relatively high due to things such as homophobia, bullying and feelings of isolation and loneliness.

MYTH Mental health problems only happen to other people.

FACT It is estimated that 1 in 4 of us will suffer from mental health problems in our lifetime.

MYTH People with mental health problems are violent and dangerous.

FACT The risk of being killed by a stranger with a severe mental health problem is roughly 1:10,000,000 - about the same probability as being hit by lightning.

MYTH Once you’ve had a mental illness, you never recover.

FACT People can and do recover from mental illness. There are many safe and effective treatments available to help improve people’s mental health.

MYTH If I seek help for my mental health problem, other people will think I am “crazy”.

FACT Asking for help is one of the best things you can do. Nobody would think you were strange for going to see a doctor if you had broken your leg!