4 Myths About Mental Health in US: What we get wrong


4 Myths About Mental Health in US: What we get wrong
by Francesca Fiorentini

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Myth #1: Mental illness is rare.
Actually 1 in 4 adults experiences mental illness every year.
This includes depression, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, Bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

Celebrities have spoken out about the importance of addressing mental health issues of their own.
Jon Hamm talks about his struggle with depression.
Lady Gaga reveals past eating disorder and depression.
Lena Durham shares stories about her OCD.
Demi Lovato says “Bipolar Disorder really got her life off track. But today I’m proud to say that I’m living proof that someone can live, love and be well with Bipolar Disorder when they get the education, support, and treatment they need.”

Myth #2: They can find help.
90 million Americans are without easy access.
30% of homeless have serious mental illness.
10X as many mentally ill in prison vs. state hospitals

Myth #3: The mentally ill are violent.
Tragedies, like Andreas Lubitz of Germanwings plane who locked the captain out and crashed the plane with the loss of 150 lives, inaccurately highlight that mentally ill were violent or mass murders.
Only 3-5% of violent acts are committed by people with serious mental illness.
In fact, people with mental illnesses are 10 times more likely to be VICTIMS of violent crime than the rest of society.
Out of the 38,000 people who committed suicide each year, it is estimated that 90% have had a mentally illness.
People with mental illness die 23 years sooner than other Americans.

Myth #4: It’s too expensive to fix.
In reality taxpayers actually end up paying more for the CONSEQUENCES of mental illness than they would for preventive treatment.
For every $2k-$3k on treatment = $50,000 saved on incarceration costs.

Maybe, the SYSTEM is truly INSANE.



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