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Mental Health Myth Buster

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Myth One:         Mental health problems don’t affect me.

Fact:                 Mental health problems are widespread in society.

Myth Two:         People with mental health illness are violent.

Fact:                 They are more likely to be victims of violence.

Myth Three:         Mental health problems are the result of a character flaw or weakness in the individual.

Fact:         Many elements contribute to vulnerability to mental health problems, including:

Myth Five:         Children do not experience mental health illness.

Fact:        Children may display signs of mental health concerns.

Myth Six:                 I’m not equipped to help someone with mental illness.

Fact:         You can help alleviate the suffering of those with mental health problems. Families, friends, and Vincentians can help ensure people get the help and services they need.

Crisis Helplines

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline (for young people aged 5 to 25 years): 1800 55 1800

References

Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2015. "3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2015." accessed 8 November 2016.http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/3303.0~2015~Main%20Features~Intentional%20self-harm:%20key%20characteristics~8.

Australian Government National Mental Health Commission. 2014. Report of the National Reviewof Mental Health Programmes and Services. Sydney: National Mental Health Commission.

Black Dog Institute. 2016. "Facts and figures about mental health and mood disorders ", accessed 8 November 2016. file:///C:/Users/anne-Desktop/St%20Vincent%20De%20Paul%20Research%20CFW/Factsandfiguresaboutmentalhealthandmooddisorders.pdf.

Headspace. 2016. "Understanding depression – for health professionals." accessed 8 November 2016. https://www.headspace.org.au/health-professionals/understanding-depression-for-health-professionals/.

McClure, I. 2010. "Emergency Department Handbook: Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Problems."  The British Journal of Psychiatry 196 (4):335-336. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.109.074153.

Stuart, Heather. 2003. "Violence and mental illness: an overview."  World psychiatry: official journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) 2 (2):121.

World Health Organisation. 2012. Risks to mental health: an overview of vulnerabilities and risk factors. Geneva, Switzerland.