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About Mental Illness

Mental Illness is common. Statistics show that one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. It`s crucial that we become educated about the nature of mental illness and reduce the stigma associated with the disease.

Mental illness can take many forms, just like any physical illness. It is a collection of disorders characterized by symptoms such as extreme mood swings, disturbances of thought or perception, overwhelming obsessions or fears, or high levels of debilitating anxiety. A number of myths have lead to misunderstandings about mental illness preventing many people from seeking and getting help when they need it.

    • People with mental illness are violent and dangerous. Not true. People with mental illness are no less apt to be violent that any other segment of society. Rather, people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence.
    • People with mental illness are less intelligent. Not true. Many studies show that people with mental illness have average or above average intelligence.
    • Mental illness is caused by a character flaw or personal weakness. Not true. Mental illness is the same as a physical illness caused by genetic, biological and environmental factors.
    • Mental Illness is a single, rare disorder. Not true. It is not a single disease but a broad classification for a range of disorders.

Mental illness knows no boundaries; it can affect everyone regardless of age, culture, income and education. All of us can make a difference when we know the facts.




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