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You can fight the mental health stigma and be able to help your friend or loved one who may be having mental health issues.

Here are 3 common misconceptions about the mental health.

Myth #1: People with a mental health problem have personality weaknesses.

Fact: Mental health problem is an illness na kailangan ng treatment, not a character flaw. Hindi ito cause ng kakulangan sa self-discipline or willpower.

Para mas maintindihan mo, maraming mga elements affect mental health – biological factors such as genes or brain chemistry, traumatic event, and stress.

If your parents have mental problem, may risk din that you may have one, FamilyDoctor.org explained in their article Mental Health Myths: Stop the Stigma.

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Myth #2: People with mental illness cannot take a job.

Fact: Yes, they have a mental problem pero hindi ibig sabihin na hindi na nila kaya mag-perform productively sa work.

In fact, sabi ng MentalHealth.gov, “Employers who hire people with mental health problems report good attendance and punctuality as well as motivation, good work, and job tenure on par with or greater than other employees.”

So if they receive the right treatment, you can expect reduced absenteeism rates, medical costs, and increase in productivity.

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Myth #3: People with mental health issues are attention seekers.

Fact: Invisible illness does not equate to fakery.

Isa sa example ng MultiCare sa kanilang article na 5 myths about mental health, sasabihin mo ba sa taong may diabetes or any physical illness na fake lang ‘yung nararamdaman nila or that it’s their choice to have that?

Hindi, ‘di ba?

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If you would widen your understanding and extend a helping hand kahit sa isang tao lang, malalaman mo how impactful your presence, your words, and your actions are to a person who is hurting and barely holding on.

Kung gusto mo ng kausap or you know someone who is struggling with mental problem, tawagan mo kami sa 8-737-0-777 or text 0999-227-1927. We want to connect with you.

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