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Mandy Kloppers

Busting Myths: Let’s Clear The Air On Mental Health

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Let’s be honest; mental health can often be shrouded in misperceptions and myths. Now is the time to dispel them head-on and shed light on a subject which often remains misunderstood.


Myth 1: Mental Health Problems Are Rare

In an increasingly multicoloured world, one persistent myth remains: that mental health problems are uncommon occurrences akin to seeing unicorns. But reality shows otherwise. Mental health disorders are far from rare; according to World Health Organization estimates, one out of every four people worldwide will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point during their lives. So next time you think mental health problems are rare sightings, remind yourself: they’re an inevitable part of human experience!


Myth 2: CBD Is A Miracle Cure-All For Mental Health

Enter CBD: the new kid on the wellness block that is touted as the magic bullet to all mental health woes. While there may be potential in using CBD to manage certain symptoms associated with mental disorders, research involving its use for mental wellbeing remains in its infancy and individual results may vary. Thus making CBD one tool among many in your mental health toolbox rather than a permanent fix! As always consult a healthcare provider prior to beginning any new treatments – Hempe’s CBD learning resources provide an ideal place to start!


Myth 3: People With Mental Health Issues Cannot Work 

Let’s disprove another common misperception about those dealing with mental health conditions: that they cannot work. Unfortunately, this belief can often lead to confusion – far removed from reality like Middle Earth is from a Hobbit’s teapot! Many individuals living with mental health conditions live productive lives and succeed professionally. Although accommodations or support may be needed, it should not diminish one’s abilities or potential – we need to end this myth and recognize all individuals regardless of their mental health status as worth and capabilities individuals in society.


Myth 4: Children Do Not Experience Mental Health Issues 

Unfortunately, this myth stands as tall as a bedtime story giant and, tragically, as prevalent. Mental health disorders affect everyone of any age. According to studies, as many as one out of every five children currently suffer from diagnosable mental disorders requiring early intervention and appropriate treatment. Early recognition that children can also suffer from these problems helps us provide them with support they require without myths clouding our understanding.


Myth 5: People With Mental Health Problems Are Violent

This myth comes straight out of Hollywood movie script, featuring obvious inaccuracies and exaggerated stereotypes. But the reality is far less dramatic; according to studies, only a small percentage of violent acts can be linked directly with individuals living with serious mental illnesses. Those suffering from mental illness are more likely to become victims than perpetrators in violent crime – so let’s put this misconception to bed as soon as we can!



It’s time we smashed these myths down with the force of reality. Understanding mental health is the first step to acceptance and support. Let’s keep the dialogue going on this topic, remembering it’s okay not to be okay!

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