Myth: People challenged with mental illness are dangerous and violent
Truth: Not all people challenged with mental illness are dangerous as shown in movies. People challenged with mental illness are more likely to be dangerous to themselves than to others! Also studies shown that people are violent towards those challenged with mental illness than the other way round!
Myth: People challenged with mental illness are dumb (i.e. fools)
Truth: Many inventors, creative people and highly intelligent people (including presidents and prime ministers), sportsmen have been challenged with mental illness. E.g. Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Charles Spurgeon
Myth: Mental Illness is a sign of weakness
Truth: Just not true anymore than arthritis is a sign of weakness!
Myth: People challenged with mental illness cannot work
Truth: Abraham Lincoln worked! And his was not the easiest job in the world being the president of USA! People challenged with mental illness can work.
Myth: A Christian challenged with mental illness is a weak Christian
Truth: The Bible lets us know our rights in Christ, such as divine health. If a Christian is challenged with mental illness, it does not mean they are weak. Much the same way as a Christian challenged with diabetes. Appropriate your rights and never give up on God because He has not given up on you!
Myth: Churches are not interested in people challenged with mental issues
Truth: We are all being perfected including the Church. There are many churches that provide support and help to those challenged with mental illness.
Myth: Healing for mental health issues require a lot of faith and are difficult to resolve in the Faith
Truth: Jesus said all we needed was faith as small as a mustard seed to move a mountain. Yes, mountains come in different sizes but Jesus also let us know that faith can be grown. Mental illness does not intimidate God. He can heal anything in an instant. Jesus healed the demoniac (he was probably psychotic) in an instant (Mark 5:1-20)! Angels fed Elijah when he was challenged with depression and wanted to die (1 Kings 19:1-8).