Let’s Talk Mental Health: Mythbusters

Misconceptions regarding mental health abound. Join us for a five-part blog series on mental health for the month of May and learn skills for coping with anxiety, recognizing symptoms of depression, helping a friend with suicidal thoughts, and supporting underserved populations.

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Common Misconceptions

“Mental illness is permanent.”

Depending upon the diagnosis, a combination of medication management and psychotherapy may yield recovery rates of around 75%. Mental wellness is a life-long pursuit and should never be thought of as accomplished or done.

“Children don’t experience mental health problems.”

“It’s just a phase. They’ll grow out of it.” Unfortunately, these assumptions regarding mental health in children contribute to the fact that only 20% of children and adolescents with a diagnosable mental health problem receive the treatment they need when in fact, half of all mental health disorders first show signs before a person turns 14 years old.

“Addiction is a lack of willpower.”

Research has shown that addiction is a chronic disease affecting the areas of the brain involved in reward and motivation, learning and memory, and inhibitory control over behavior. Contributory factors include genetic pre-disposition, age of exposure to drugs, and history of abuse or trauma. Successful treatment includes pharmacological and therapeutic interventions.

Mental Health Resources

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Mythbusters Quiz

Take this 10 question quiz to measure your mental health savviness. See if you can separate the myths from the facts.

GatorCare Members

Mental Health Care

GatorCare members have access to addiction, counseling, and psychiatry services through their behavioral health benefit. View our network directory to find a provider that works for you.

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GatorCare members ages 18+ may be eligible to receive free online counseling and psychiatry services through Talkspace, and members ages 13+ may be eligible for free counseling services. Communicate with a licensed mental health provider wherever you are, whenever is best for you.

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Talk About It

Sign up to receive informational posts and content about mental health that you can share to your social media platforms during the month of May.

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Crisis Support

If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, please seek support. There are crisis phone lines and online chats available to view. Alternatively, contact 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.