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There are many different myths about mental health illnesses, and they often contribute to the stigma that many people still face.

It’s essential that we challenge these myths so we can understand the real facts around mental illness.


Myth 1: Mental health illness is permanent, and you cannot recover.

Fact: You can recover from mental health illness. While some conditions may not go away forever, they can be managed. Many people with mental health problems still work, have families, and lead full lives.

Myth 2: Mental health problems are rare in Kenya.

Fact: Mental health illness is not rare in Kenya. It's likely that someone you know may be struggling with mental illness.

Myth 3: You cannot do anything to support someone with a mental health illness.

Fact: There are lots of things you can do to make a difference in their life, such as checking in on them, listening without judgment, treating them the same way, and encouraging them to seek help.

Myth 4: People with mental health illnesses cannot work.

Fact: People with mental illness can hold down successful jobs. While they may face challenges, many individuals with mental illnesses can work successfully with appropriate support and accommodations. It's possible that someone in your workplace is managing a mental health condition.

Myth 5: People with mental illness are usually violent and unpredictable.

Fact: Most people with mental health problems are not violent. Someone with a mental illness is more likely to be a victim of violence than to inflict it.

Myth 6: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty – it’s nothing.

Fact: Young people do experience mental health problems, and it is crucial to take these issues seriously.

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