Everyone has the right to feel well and take care of their mental health. There is a lot of important and valuable mental health information out there, and sometimes it can feel hard to separate the mental health myths from the mental health facts. Here are seven common mental health myths we are here to debunk.  

  1. Myth: Getting help is a sign of weakness.  

It’s okay to reach out for help. We all need help from time-to-time. Talk to your friends, family, loved ones or a professional for help on your mental health journey.      

  1. Myth: There is something wrong with me. Everyone else is doing great but I am struggling.  

You are not alone…Most of us have aspects of our lives that we struggle with. Students who have joined a therapy group at USF Counseling Center are usually surprised that others struggle with the same or similar issues in their lives.  

  1. Myth: Going to counseling will not help me. It is a waste of time. 

Even when counseling doesn’t change your circumstances, it could help you manage them. Most students who use USF counseling services report feeling better. The conversation and feedback from a counselor could shed some light on your questions or concerns.   

  1. Myth: Counseling is for people with serious problems. Mine are not as bad as others. 

It takes skill and good judgment to decide when you need help. We all need help sometimes. People can see a counselor for all problems, big or small. Don’t just ignore minor issues because they’re minor now. If you’re not feeling great, ask for help! It can feel freeing to share concerns with a professional counselor. 

  1. Myth: Mental health is not that important. I need to focus on other things right now, such as school. 

Mental health is important at every stage of life. Mental health is a critical part of your overall health and well-being including emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. Improving our mental health can often have a positive effect and improve other important aspects of life such as academics, physical health, and relationships.  

  1. Myth: Mental health and physical health are separate and don’t affect each other.  

Did you know that your mental health and physical health are intertwined? Poor mental health increases the risk for chronic physical conditions like heart disease, stroke and cancer. Taking care of your physical health can help you feel more energized, increase your ability to concentrate and help you feel more confident. Physical health doesn’t always mean running a marathon or doing rigorous exercise every day, it can also mean taking a walk, cleaning the house or stretching your body. Taking care of both your mind and body are important practices to feel well.  

  1. Myth: If I get mental health help at USF, my parents or academic program will find out.  

USF Counselors will only share information if you are an imminent threat to yourself or someone else. USF mental health counseling is required by law to be confidential.