The American Psychiatric Association has compiled 9 factsheets around mental health in diverse populations, which “provide a snapshot of the current state of mental health of minority populations and some factors that may contribute to mental health disparities among these groups.”
Quotes pulled from the National Eating Disorders Association article “Nine Truths About Eating Disorders.”
“There are many myths about the causes of eating disorders, how serious they are, and who develops an eating disorder.” This list from the National Eating Disorder Association outlines some of the most common questions and distorted perceptions around eating disorders and the facts to set them straight.
“It can be hard for any person with a substance use disorder to quit. But women in particular may be afraid to get help during or after pregnancy due to possible legal or social fears and lack of child care while in treatment. Women in treatment often need support for handling the burdens of work, home care, child care, and other family responsibilities.”
“Both men and women are harshly judged for having an addiction, but addicted women face even greater stigma, which keeps many from getting the help they need.”
“Civilians may not be aware of the unique challenges that separating from military service and returning to civilian life can present. Here, we highlight some of these challenges.”
"As the perceived frequency of mass shootings becomes ever more alarming, the knee-jerk assumption that gunmen have mental health conditions has become routine. Even mainstream broadcast news outlets react to mass shootings by immediately having psychiatrists or other mental health professionals on as guests as if to corroborate the public's collective psychiatric diagnosis of each perpetrator. But let's look at the facts."
“Can you tell the difference between a mental health myth and fact? Learn the truth about the most common mental health myths.”
“When Jack O'Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines. ‘This will fix me,’ O'Connor thought as he went to boot camp. "It better fix me or I'm screwed."‘
This Distorted Perceptions original article explores the intersection of suicide prevention and young adult peer support, with a brief overview of Michael Hogan’s and David Covington’s 2012 research interviewing survivors who attempted suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, as well as survivors of an attempt which had been successfully intervened upon. The research concludes that suicide is preventable, with only 6% of the survivors going on to complete a suicide later on.