Mental Health

Myth Busters!

There are lots of myths and misinformation surrounding mental health, it is important that we challenge these and understand the real facts about mental health and how it affects people.


Mental health problems are the same as learning difficulties and disabilities.


Mental health is about our thoughts, feelings and emotions, rather than how we learn.

Myth: Mental health problems are very rare

Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any year.  Many successful people and celebrities have talked about their mental health problems.

Myth: Only some people have mental health

Fact: Everyone has mental health, just like we all have physical health, sometimes it is good and sometimes not so good!

Myth: You can tell if someone has a mental illness just by looking at them

Fact: You can’t tell if someone has a mental illness by how they look, people with mental health problems are just the same as everyone else.

Myth: Young people don’t experience mental health problems, mood swings are just part of growing up.

Fact: 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16yrs have a diagnosable mental health disorder. That works out at around 3 young people in every UK classroom.

Myth: There is very little support available for young people with mental health difficulties.

Fact: There are lots of services that can support you if you are experiencing problems – it’s important to tell a trusted adult and ask for help. Your family and friends can also offer support, and there are lots of things you can do to help yourself. See here to find out about services in Cornwall and IoS.

Myth: If you have a mental health problem you are unlikely to recover.

Fact: Mental health problems can be treated. Most people make a full recovery and go on to lead happy and fulfilled lives.

Myth: People with mental health problems can't work.

Fact: The majority of people who have experienced a mental health problem or illness continue to work or study, or return to work when they feel better.

Need help now?

If you need to speak to someone urgently call your GP or family doctor!


NHS 24/7 helpline : 0800 038 5300
Childline up to 19 yrs: 0800 1111
The Samaritans: 116 123
In an emergency go to A&E or call 999