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Myths and Facts about Mental Health: Volume II

Published on March 18th, 2019

So many people in this day and age are quick to judge others based on what the have seen on television, read online or heard through the grapevine. One topic that has many misconceptions is mental health. As a provider of educational programming in Minneapolis, River Ridge is here to clear up any misconceptions about mental health.

Children don’t experience mental health problems

Myth: Many people believe that mental health issues only affect the adult population.

Fact: Half of all mental health disorders show signs before the person turns 14, and three-quarters of mental health disorders start before the age of 24.

People with mental health problems are violent

Myth: Learning from the world of entertainment you probably think that all people with mental health issues are violent and unpredictable. While this can be true for some individuals, it is not an accurate statement about all individuals living with mental health issues.

Fact: Most people with mental illness are not violent and only 3-5% of violent acts can be attributed to people living with a serious mental illness.

I can’t do anything for a person with a mental health problem

Myth: Since it’s their mental health, there’s nothing I can do to help them.

Fact: Friends and loved ones can make a huge difference. Less than half of adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive needed treatment. Friends and family can be the important influences to seek treatment by just reaching out and letting them know you are available to help.

River Ridge provides educational programming in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. We provided individual and family counseling, individualized programs for men and women and a range of mental health services. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions or visit the rest of our site to learn more.

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