Mental Illness: Myths & Facts

For some people living with a mental illness, the myths and misunderstandings - and related judgments - can be more difficult to deal with than the illness. Whether it's the result of how mental illness is depicted in movies, the general belief  - supported by media -  that individuals with mental illness are prone to be violent, or our lack of knowledge about specific conditions, the myths persist and continue to have a negative impact on people's lives. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, "people with major mental illness are 2.5 times more likely to be the victims of violence than other members of society."

These articles show the reality of people who live with mental illness written by people who defy the standard stereotype. These articles - their personal stories - celebrate success on their terms, and in their words.

Be inspired.

Sheila Morrison explores the process for getting help if you or a loved one is living with a mental illness.

We have learned so much about mental illness, its causes and its treatment, in the last 50 years. Yet there are common myths that persist. It is important that these myths be understood – and dismissed, according to NARSAD, the world’s largest charity dedicated to mental health research.

Anna Quon discovered that giving up a nine-to-five job offered more opportunities to express herself and be successful.

Sheila Morrison shares a true story about a woman who needed a little help to accomplish an everyday task.

Anna Quon asks why her doctor seems to see only her limitations, not her achievements.

What works for you?

Whatworks4u.org aims to improve treatment for young people with mental health problems by gathering information about what works in the real world. It is run by a group of researchers at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Orygen is the largest youth mental health research centre in Australia and its current research program aims to find out more about the factors that influence mental disorders, in order to prevent and/or reduce their impact on young people.