Misconceptions of Mental Health

In continuing our focus on mental health this month, below are a few of the more common misconceptions or myths about mental health.

  • It’s rare. Not true – about one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness. And, one in 25 experience severe mental illness.1
  • It’s always obvious. Nope – common symptoms can be subtle or may include issues like trouble concentrating, feeling tired often, withdrawing from friends and family, skipping favorite activities, sleep issues, drug or alcohol use, anger or violence, among others.2
  • It’s not really a problem. Mental health issues are prevalent around the globe. One in five youth have a mental disorder and 264 million people live with depression, which is the leading disability globally.3
  • It’s not in my circle. Mental health issues or disorders are found across all groups: 20% of white adults, 16% of black adults, 15% of Asian adults, 17% of Hispanic or Latin, 27% mixed/multiracial, 37% of LGBTQ+ adults.4
  • There’s nothing I can do. Not so fast. Treatment can help and may include medications, therapy, or a combination based on an individual’s needs.

Republic’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all employees, spouses and dependents. You can talk with a professional 24/7 for confidential counseling to help with a variety of everyday life issues and challenges. Coverage includes up to three one-on-one counseling sessions (per family member, per issue, per year) at no cost. Contact a professional today by calling 800-331-3684 or visit guidanceresources.com and use Web ID: REPUBLIC.

Note: This guidance is not a substitute for a doctor’s or professional’s care.


  1. National Alliance on Mental Mental Health by the Numbers. https://nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers. Accessed March 26, 2021.
  2. National Alliance on Mental Warning Signs and Symptoms. https://nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms. Accessed March 26, 2021.
  3. World Health Mental Health. https://nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers. Accessed March 26, 2021.
  4. National Alliance on Mental Psychotherapy. https://nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Treatments/Psychotherapy. Accessed March 26, 2021.