#TryItTuesday: Mental Health – Myths vs. Facts
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common, but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Take this Quiz
We all likely know someone who has experienced mental health issues at some point in their lives. Yet there are still many harmful attitudes and misunderstandings that make people ignore mental health, fuel stigma, and make it harder to reach out for help. Take the following quiz and see if you can you separate the myths from the facts.
1) Poor mental health increases the risk for long-lasting (chronic) physical conditions like
A - Heart disease
B - Stroke
C - Cancer
D - All of the above
2) Mental illnesses are
A - Very common
B - Not very common
C - Fairly common
3) Suicide is the ___ leading cause of death among people ages 15-34 in the United States.
A - 24th
B - 10th
C - 2nd
4) Mental illness
A - Cannot be treated
B - Can be treated
5) Mental health is
A - The absence of mental disorders
B - Only important for some people
C - An important part of overall health and well-being
6) If you know someone with poor mental health, you can help by:
A - Reaching out and letting them know help is available
B - Helping them access mental health services
C - Learning and sharing the facts about mental health, especially if you hear something that isn't true
D - All of the above
7) People with mental illness are violent.
A - True
B - False
8) Half of all mental illness occurs before a person turns __ years old, and three-quarters of mental illness begin before age 24.
A - 14
B - 18
C - 10
9) Serious mental illness costs America how much in lost earnings per year?
A - $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year
B - $20 million in lost earnings per year
C - $1 billion in lost earnings per year
10) Mental illness is caused by
A - Personal weakness
B - Lack of willpower
C - A number of factors including biological factors, stressful or traumatic life events, and long-lasting health conditions such as heart disease or cancer
- Answer: D. All of the above. Poor mental health increases the risk for long-lasting (chronic) physical conditions like heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
- Answer: A. Very common. About one in five Americans will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives.
- Answer: C. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 15-34 age range.
- Answer: B. Mental illness can be treated. Research shows that people with mental illness can get better and many recover completely.
- Answer: C. Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being.
- Answer: D. All of the above. You can help someone who’s affected by mental health conditions by reaching out and letting them know help is available, helping them access services, and learning and sharing the facts about mental health.
- Answer B: False. The vast majority of people with mental illness are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. In fact, people with mental illnesses are more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population.
- Answer A: Half of all mental illness occurs before a person turns 14 years old.
- Answer A: Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
- Answer C: Mental illness is caused by a number of factors including biological factors, stressful or traumatic life events, and long-lasting health conditions such as heart disease or cancer.
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