Mental Health Basics

The images evoked by the phrase “mental health” are too often based on false stereotypes and misconceptions. One of four people suffers from mental illness, but it is not apparent or obvious. Most are certainly not homeless or disabled by a severe psychosis that requires inpatient treatment. Minding Your Mind is fielding programs to dispel false images. We do not stigmatize a child who has severe asthma or juvenile diabetes. He or she is given sympathy, understanding, treatment and support. We should view someone with a mental health disorder in the same context; as someone who has a physical ailment that can be treated successfully given today’s range of therapies. An individual with a mental health disorder is normal, just like the individual who suffers from diabetes or asthma.