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 a mental health issue, 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.