Myth: There is no hope for people with mental illness.
Fact: There is more help today for people with mental illnesses
than ever before. There are more forms of treatment and
Myth: Mental illness is not a disease so it cannot be treated.
Fact: Research has proven that mental illnesses can be
diagnosed as a disorder of brain. There is research showing
effective treatments for mental illness
Myth: Mental illness doesn’t happen to people like me or my
Fact: Mental illness can affect anyone. One in five Americans
suffer from a mental illness at some point in their life.
The harmful effects of stigma
What are the harmful effects of stigma of mental illness?
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher sheds more
light on the negative effects of mental illness stigma: “Stigma
leads the (public) to avoid people with mental disorders. It
reduces access to resources and leads to low self-esteem,
isolation, and hopelessness. It deters the public from seeking,
and wanting to pay for care. Stigma results in outright
discrimination and abuse. More tragically, it deprives people
of their dignity and interferes with their full participation in
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