Click any of the true/false questions below to reveal the answer:

1. 1 in 5 New Zealanders will experience a mental illness this year

True – mental illness can affect anyone at any time and one in five kiwis will experience mental distress this year 

2. Most people living with mental illness can and do recover with the right support

True - with effective treatment from mental health professionals and support from family, friends and their communities, most people can and do recover from mental illness.

3. People with mental illness can’t be productive employees

False – many people who live with mental illness thrive in the workplace. With the right support and reasonable accommodations there is no reason why someone with a mental illness cannot be a valued and productive employee.

4. People with depression can just 'snap out of it' if they choose

False - One of the most disabling symptoms of depression is the fact that it saps the will and makes doing anything an enormous effort. Depression is an extremely unpleasant experience, and most people with this condition would (and do) do anything to get well.

5. People with mental illness are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent crimes

True – research has shown that only a very small percentage of violent crimes are committed by people with mental illness. The vast majority of violent crimes are committed by people who have never been diagnosed or used mental health services.

6. Uneducated people are more likely to experience a mental illness

False – mental illness can affect anyone regardless of education, religion, age, sexuality, gender, income... you get the picture!