Myths about mental illness

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – There are so many myths that come along with the stigma of mental illness. Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, Author, Family Therapist and Health and Wellness Executive visited the show to break the stigma surrounding mental health and shed light on the myths.

Mental illness is common:

  • 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental illness
  • At least 1 in 10 Americans live with depression
  • At least 16% of adults in the United States have an addiction
  • Depression is the number 1 disability worldwide
    • 28% of disability is caused by mental illness
    • 14% of disability is caused by heart disease
    • 13% of disability is caused by cancer
  • Most mental illnesses respond well to treatment
  • Only 33% of those who could benefit seek treatment, most likely due to the stigma

What can we do to combat the myths and stigma?

  • Talk about mental illness the same way you do other illnesses
  • Open discussions in community and workplace
  • Encourage friends and family to seek help from professional care (therapist/physician)
  • Be supportive!

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