Mental Health Myths and Facts per mentalhealth.gov
Myth: Mental health problems don't affect me.
Fact: Mental health problems are actually very common. In 2014, about:
One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue
One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression
One in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression
Myth: Children don't experience mental health problems.
Fact: Even very young children may show early warning signs of mental health concerns. These mental health problems are often clinically diagnosable, and can be a product of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors.
Unfortunately, less than 20% of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need. Early mental health support can help a child before problems interfere with other developmental needs.
Myth: People with mental health needs, even those who are managing their mental illness, cannot tolerate the stress of holding down a job.
Fact: People with mental health problems are just as productive as other employees. 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.
When employees with mental health problems receive effective treatment, it can result in:
Lower total medical costs
Decreased disability costs
Myth: There is no hope for people with mental health problems. Once a friend or family member develops mental health problems, he or she will never recover.
Fact: Studies show that people with mental health problems get better and many recover completely. Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. There are more treatments, services, and community support systems than ever before, and they work.
Myth: Therapy and self-help are a waste of time. Why bother when you can just take a pill?
Fact: Treatment for mental health problems varies depending on the individual and could include medication, therapy, or both. Many individuals work with a support system during the healing and recovery process.
Myth: Prevention doesn’t work. It is impossible to prevent mental illnesses.
Fact: Prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders focuses on addressing known risk factors such as exposure to trauma that can affect the chances that children, youth, and young adults will develop mental health problems. Promoting the social-emotional well-being of children and youth leads to:
Higher overall productivity
Better educational outcomes
Lower crime rates
Lower health care costs
Improved quality of life
Improved family life
Clay Glover MA LCPC
CAPCIL corporate office: 217-732-2159
Clay has been a licensed clinical professional counselor through the State of Illinois since 1997. Clay joined the CAPCIL team in 2017 and provides assessments for our Head Start and Senior Nutrition customers as well as traditional counseling services for customers on a referral basis.
Head Start/Early Head Start assessments include:
Functionality of the classroom
Staff and their interaction with the children
Needs of the classroom are met to operate at full capacity
Mental health needs of the children
Supported interaction between the staff and the children
Senior Nutrition assessments include:
Annual Home Visit
Measurement of independence
CAPCIL Counseling Services include:
Traditional caseload on a referral basis for
SWFI and CSBG customers
It is the mission of CAPCIL, in partnership with communities in our service area, to empower persons with low income and the aged by creating and implementing poverty-fighting initiatives for those in crisis and those that endeavor a life of lasting independence.
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Coordinating and monitoring mental and behavioral health services for customers and staff members of Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois.
Mental Health Services Director