Myth: Mental illness is something that only affects others and not us, our family, or our friends.
Fact: An estimated 1 in 4 Americans have a diagnosable mental illness. Mental health crises occur frequently in your workplace, church, family, school, and community.
Myth: Mental illness has no real impact on society.
Fact: Mental illness accounts for 15% of the total economic burden of all disease in the U.S. Untreated mental disorders cost $79 billion in lost productivity every year.
Myth: Mental illness is not that serious, people get over it.
Fact: Medical experts rate mental disorders among the most impactful illnesses. Mental illnesses interfere with a person's ability to go to school, work, care for himself or herself, and form relationships.