Mental health quotes can play a variety of roles.
For some, they show that they’re not alone – folks are going through what they have. For others, these sayings and quotations can be a source of inspiration. And for some people, they help provide a catalyst for showing empathy.
In case you, or someone you know, are suffering from bad mental health – including depression and anxiety, and is just not themselves – these quotes may be able to help you understand the situation better.
Best Mental Health Quotes
1.) The only thing more exhausting than having a mental illness is pretending like you don’t.
2.) I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless.
3.) Health does not always come from medicine. Most of the time, it comes from peace of mind, peace in the heart, peace in the soul. It comes from laughter and love.
4.) I think that we’re all mentally ill. Those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better — and maybe not all that much better after all.
5.) Beautiful fake smile. All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are.
6.) It’s okay to feel unstable. It’s okay to disassociate. And it’s okay to hide from the world. And it’s okay to need help. It’s okay not to be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure.
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7.) Insanity doesn’t run in my family. It strolls through, taking time to get to know each of us personally.
8.) Freud: If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother.
9.) A question that always makes me hazy is it me, or are the others crazy?
10.) My imaginary friend thinks you have serious mental health issues.
11.) Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
12.) Instead of a sign that says, “Do not disturb,” I need one that says, “Already disturbed, proceed with caution.”
13.) I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back.
14.) If you’re happy and you know it, shake your meds.
15.) I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous – everyone hasn’t met me yet.
16.) When life knocks you down, do a burpee!
17.) I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allan Poe
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18.) I think it’s really important to de-stigmatize mental illness in any form. I think there are a lot of people that are carrying around guilt and shame and baggage for sh** that doesn’t matter. Everybody is going through something; everybody has had something that they’ve had to overcome.
19.) She was like the moon … part of her was always hidden.
20.) Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain; there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.
21.) Never underestimate the pain of a person because, in all honesty, everyone is struggling. Just some people are better at hiding it than others.
22.) You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.
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Mental Health Awareness Quotes
23.) There’s a mental health problem in the sense that people are so afraid of the stigma that they don’t get help. But there’s absolutely a gun control problem in the country.
24.) Mental health is an important topic and should be discussed more frequently. It’s not “attention-seeking”.
25.) The advice I’d give to somebody that’s silently struggling is, you don’t have to live that way. You don’t have to struggle in silence. You can be un-silent.
And you can live well with a mental health condition, as long as you open up to somebody about it, because it’s really important you share your experience with people so that you can get the help that you need.
26.) There isn’t anybody out there who doesn’t have a mental health issue, whether it’s depression, anxiety, or how to cope with relationships. Having OCD is not an embarrassment anymore – for me. Just know that there is help, and your life could be better if you go out and seek help.
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27.) Don’t let the mental images of what’s “supposed to be”, take away your right to “just be.” Always remember that.
C. JoyBell C.
28.) I have never seen battles quite as terrifyingly beautiful as the ones I fight when my mind splinters and races to swallow me into my own madness again.
Nicole Lyons, Hush
29.) Diseases of the mind can be more torturous than the diseases of the body.
30.) Mental health and sobriety is not a straight line, and ‘Drag Race’ is a family, and we support our family members through anything.
31.) It was the way they had exploited his schizophrenia to their advantage, wielding it to maim a man who was already mentally crippled.
Vivian Barz, Forgotten Bones
Inspirational Mental Health Sayings
32.) What mental health needs are more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.
33.) Don’t let your struggle become your identity.
34.) The only journey is the journey within.
Rainer Maria Rilke
35.) This feeling will pass. The fear is real but the danger is not.
36.) If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.
37.) Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.
Inspiring Mental Health Quotes
38.) Nobody can save you but yourself, and you’re worth saving. It’s a war not easily won, but if anything is worth winning, then this is it.
39.) The experience I have had is that once you start talking about [experiencing a mental health struggle], you realize that actually, you’re part of quite a big club.
40.) I would say what others have said: It gets better. One day, you’ll find your tribe. You just have to trust that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for who you are. In the meantime, the reality is you might have to be your own tribe. You might have to be your own best friend. That’s not something they’re going to teach you in school. So start the work of loving yourself.
41.) Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.
42.) Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.
43.) If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Positive Mental Outlook Quotations
44.) Mental health…is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.
45.) The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.
46.) One small crack does not mean that you are broken; it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.
47.) But no matter how much evil I see, I think it’s important for everyone to understand that there is much more light than darkness.
48.) Tough times never last, but tough people do!
49.) Sometimes, the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to; it’s not for them.
50.) The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire; you are the fire.
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51.) The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
52.) She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.
53.) There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.
54.) Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but, importantly, you are not the rain.
55.) She is a beautiful piece of broken pottery, put back together by her own hands. And a critical world judges her cracks while missing the beauty of how she made herself whole again.
56.) What we achieve inwardly will change our outer reality.
57.) The problem with having problems is that ‘someone’ always has it worse.
58.) Often, it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.
59.) The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not.
Elyn R. Saks
60.) Be patient and tough; someday, this pain will be useful to you.
61.) If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.
62.) There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.
Mental Health Healing Quotations
63.) Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.
64.) Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Henry David Thoreau
65.) Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean that you can, should, or need to do it alone.
66.) Many survivors insist they’re not courageous: ‘If I were courageous, I would have stopped the abuse.’ ‘If I were courageous, I wouldn’t be scared’… Most of us have it mixed up. You don’t start with courage and then face fear. You become courageous because you face your fear.
67.) Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.
Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter
Mental Health Day Quotes
68.) You have to fight a battle more than once.
69.) You’ve got this!
70.) Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness.
71.) Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.
72.) You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.
73.) The only journey is the journey within.
74.) Show me where you’re broken, and I’ll show you the places where one day you’ll shine.
75.) One small crack does not mean that you are broken; it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.
76.) You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
77.) Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.
Christian D. Larson
78.) When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
Tao Te Ching
79.) You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
80.) Courage is not the absence of fear but doing something in spite of fear.
81.) Tough times never last, but tough people do!
82.) Change what you can manage what you can’t.
83.) If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
84.) You’re amazing, just the way you are!
85.) You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
Heartfelt Mental Health Quotes
86.) You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.
87.) Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
88.) It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
89.) Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
90.) Health is not valued until sickness comes.
91.) We know that food is a medicine, perhaps the most powerful drug on the planet, with the power to cause or cure most diseases.
Dr. Mark Hyman
92.) It’s important to point out that mental health is more about wellness rather than sickness.
93.) A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
94.) Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
95.) A sad soul can be just as lethal as a germ.
96.) Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.
97.) A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned.
98.) A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.
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99.) Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
100.) A healthy outside starts from the inside.
101.) Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.
102.) Follow your dreams, work hard, practice, and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
103.) Nurturing yourself is not selfish – it’s essential to your survival and your well-being.
Renee Peterson Trudeau
Motivational Mental Health Quotes
104.) The first wealth is health.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
105.) To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.
106.) Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos- the trees, the clouds, everything.
Thich Nhat Hanh
107.) The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
108.) We are not our trauma. We are not our brain chemistry. That’s part of who we are, but we’re so much more than that.
Sam J. Miller
Moving On From Dark Days
109.) My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.
110.) Being able to be your true self is one of the strongest components of good mental health.
Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy
111.) I found that with depression, one of the most important things you can realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not gonna be the last to go through it.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Uplifting Mental Health Quotes
112.) We would never tell someone with a broken leg that they should stop wallowing and get it together. We don’t consider taking medication for an ear infection something to be ashamed of. (And) We shouldn’t treat mental health conditions any differently.
113.) Positive vibes only’ isn’t a thing. Humans have a wide range of emotions, and that’s OK.
Molly Bahr, LMHC
114.) You are not your illness. (And) You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.
115.) There is so much pain in the world, and most of these people keep theirs secret, rolling through agonizing lives in invisible wheelchairs dressed in invisible bodycasts.
116.) It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
117.) Slow breathing is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won’t make the storm go away, but it will hold you steady until it passes. Russ Harris
Stigma About Mental Health
118.) I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health… My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth.
119.) There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.
120.) It is not the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind.
121.) No one would ever say that someone with a broken arm or a broken leg is less than a whole person, but people say that or imply that all the time about people with mental illness.
Elyn R. Saks
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122.) You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
123.) I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Amy March from Little Women
124.) You don’t need to find a lesson in your trauma.
Jordan Pickell, MCP RCC
125.) Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.
126.) Self-esteem is not a luxury; it is a profound spiritual need.
127.) Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
Thich Nhat Hanh
128.) Owning your story is the bravest thing you’ll ever do.
129.) Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Thought-Provoking Mental Health Quotes
130.) What I love about therapy is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with.
131.) It’s possible to live well, feel well, and also find happiness with bipolar disorder or any other mental illness you’re struggling with.
132.) Promise me you’ll always remember — you’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh
133.) Recovery is full of ups and downs. There is no such thing as a linear life. But you can always turn your setbacks into setups to come back stronger.
134.) There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.
135.) I cannot stand the words ‘Get over it’. All of us are under such pressure to put our problems in the past tense. Slow down. Don’t allow others to hurry your healing. It is a process, one that may take years, occasionally, even a lifetime – and that’s OK.
136.) Maybe we all have darkness inside of us, and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.
137.) Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
Short Mental Health Quotes
138.) Better things are coming.
139.) Happiness is realizing that all you have now is enough.
140.) Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.
141.) Last night I dreamed I was a vinyl record. I woke up feeling groovy.
142.) In case no one told you yet today, you’re doing awesome!
143.) Life is so much better when you’re laughing.
144.) What if the Hokey Pokey is what it’s all about?
145.) Be happy for this moment. This moment is life.
146.) Be the reason someone smiles today.
147.) Today is my day!
148.) Take time to do what makes your soul happy.
149.) Am I perfect? No. But am I trying to be a better person? Also, no.
150.) I need new haters. The old ones became my fans.
I hope you enjoyed this collection of quotations on mental health. Have a wonderful day!
By Clarie Olson
Claire writes about personal health, pop culture, and entertainment.
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