Things You Really, Really Ought To Know About Mental Health

Exploring Beyond the Surface

The next several posts contain important information about the world of mental health, including mental illness and its treatment.  I’m going to mostly paint with a broad brush and not make any assumptions about what my readers know or don’t know.  If there is a specific mental health-related topic you want me to be sure to cover, please leave a comment on this post.

Everyone needs to know this stuff.  A recent informal poll of my Facebook friends concluded that the average layperson’s knowledge of mental health is at zero or close to it.  And, the poll determined, there is considerable misinformation about mental health in our society.  That seems to suggest that what people think they know may not be accurate.

Chances are very high that you are being affected in some way by mental illness, whether you are aware of it or not.  The rough number for the…

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