100 Mental Health Quotes For Understanding, Self-care, Therapy

Mental health is important for everyone, and it hurts to see the daily struggle of those affected. So know that if you’re facing a mental health challenge, you are not alone. There are millions of others out there going through this struggle, and just like you, are fighting daily to win this battle.

To help the struggle and contribute to the community, I have decided to share here, some inspiring quotes about mental health that lay bare, the struggle, emotions, and daily fight.

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Everyone, including celebrities, athletes, political leaders, and artists, has mental health struggles and I hope that through these insightful mental health quotes, you’ll be stronger to face tomorrow.

You are 100% free to use/combine any of the below quotes for inspiration to keep moving forward on your own mental health journey.

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20 Mental Health Quotes to Not Feel Alone.

1. My candid advice to anyone silently struggling with Mental health is this, you don’t have to live that way. You don’t have to struggle in silence pains. You can be un-silent. You truly can live well with a mental health condition, as long as you open up to somebody you trust about it because it’s really important you share your experience with people so that you can get the help that you need. – Demi Lovato.

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2. When you are suffering depression, one of the most important things you can and should realize is that you’re not alone in the fight. You’re not the first to go through it, you’re not gonna be the last to go through it. Be strong. – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

3. I understand your pain. It may seem like I just want to talk, but trust me, I do understand this pain. I’ve seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life. You can achieve this too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will NEVER BE a burden to anyone. You’re loved and cherish. – Sophie Turner.

4. The experience I have had is that once you start talking about this [experiencing a mental health struggle], you’ll come to realize that actually, you’re part of a club that is very big. – Prince Harry.

5. 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 for us who is going through it. – Fred Rogers.

6. Always know that there is hope, even when your brain may be saying that there isn’t. – John Green.

7. You look at me and cry… everything hurts. I hold you and whisper: but everything can heal. – Rupi Kaur.

8. The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not. – Elyn R. Saks.

9. Life holds no meaning without interdependence. Honest truth is that we need each other, and the sooner we learn how important this is, the better for the Human race. – Erik Erikson.

10. Be rest assured that mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience as you journey through life. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but, importantly, YOU ARE NOT THE RAIN. – Matt Haig.

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11. Keep fighting, and you must never give up on it. When I was in middle school, I was struggling with severe anxiety and depression and the help and support I received from my family, friends, and therapist saved my life. Asking for help is the first crucial step to healing. You are more precious to this world than you’ll ever know.Lili Rhinehart.

12. It gets better. One day, you’ll find your tribe and community. You just have to start trusting that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for the person you’re turning out to be. In the meantime, the reality is you might have to be your own tribe. You might have to be your own best friend right now. That’s not something they’re going to teach you in school. So start the work of loving yourself first. – Wentworth Miller.

13. If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken. There is no law that forbids you to remain broken. – Selena Gomez.

14. The dark days I passed through made me stronger. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me realize it.Emery Lord.

15. Sometimes, you need to know that the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them to understand. – Joubert Botha.

16. In reality, you simply do not have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay and human to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared, and anxious. You need to understand that having these feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you a human loved by God. – Lori Deschene.

17. Just know that this feeling shall pass. The fear is real but the danger certainly is not. – Cammie McGovern.

18. No matter how much evil I see, I know that there is much more light than darkness in this world. – Robert Uttaro.

19. Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Robert Schuller.

20. I noticed something odd, many survivors usually 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. No, You become courageous because you face your fear. – Laura Davis.

21. Don’t stagger in believing yourself. Keep moving ahead, and believe that you are a good person and that you am worthy of a good life. – Jonathan Harnisch.

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20 Positive Mental Health Quotes From Celebrities.

  • Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter Movie).
  • Not until we are lost, do we start to truly understand ourselves. – Henry David Thoreau.
  • There is a crack in everything, and that’s how the light gets in to brighten everywhere. – Leonard Cohen.
  • By increasing the strength of our minds, we are automatically reducing the difficulty of life. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana.
  • Always be patient and remain tough; Because someday, this pain will be useful to you. – Ovid.
  • I am not afraid of storms for because of it, I am learning how to sail my ship. – Amy March, from Little Women.
  • Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside – remembering all the times you’ve felt that way and survived. – Charles Bukowski.
  • Promise me you’ll always remember this: That you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you can ever imagine. – Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh.
  • In the middle of winter, I discovered that in me, there was an invincible summer. – Albert Camus.
  • If you’re going through hell, keep going and never turn back. – Winston Churchill.
  • If you have been brutally broken but still have the courage to be gentle to other living beings, then you’re a badass with a heart of an angel. – Keanu Reeves.
  • Part of my identity is saying no to things I don’t want to do… I check in with myself throughout the day and I say, ‘Do I really want to do this?’ and if the answer is no, then I don’t do it. And I think you should not either. – Lady Gaga.
  • Mental health needs a great deal of attention more than it’s currently getting, because it is the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with. – Adam Ant.
  • 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 a working brain means you have something bothering you. Having OCD is not an embarrassment anymore, particularly for me. Just know that there is help and your life could be better if you go out and seek help. – Howie Mandel.
  • Mental health is something that we should all be talking about, and we need to work together, to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise awareness and let those suffering this, know that its OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem. – Demi Lovato.

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  • Being vulnerable is actually a strength and not a sign of weakness, and this is why more and more mental health discussion is such an important topic we should all talk about. It’s the same as being physically sick. And when you keep all those things inside, when you bottle them up, it makes you ill. – Cara Delevingne.
  • We should work together 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. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go see a shrink? – Kerry Washington.
  • One thing I absolutely love about therapy sessions is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with. – Pink.
  • Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success or where they’ve attained. In fact, there is a good chance you know someone who is struggling with it since nearly 20% of American adults face some form of mental illness in their lifetime. So why aren’t we talking about it, why is this topic not getting the attention it truly deserves? – Kristen Bell.
  • Someone recently asked me: “Well, don’t you think that if you do too much therapy, it will take away your artistic process?” My reply: ‘The biggest lie that we’ve ever been sold is that we as artists have to stay in pain to create. – Katy Perry.
  • What mental health needs are more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation about it. – Glenn Close.

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Mental Health Quotes from Therapists.

  • Being your true self is one of the strongest components of good mental health. – Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy.
  • No amount of therapy or self-care can make up for the scarcity of food & drink, time, or financial resources. – Whitney Goodman, LMFT. Read his story by Clicking Here.
  • When going through mental health issues, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. – Abraham Maslow.
  • Just know that you don’t need to find a lesson in your trauma. – Jordan Pickell, MCP RCC.
  • You’re not alone. Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone. – Lisa Olivera.
  • What if you moved through the world as if you were easy to be loved? Let me be honest with you, I promise you, you are easy to love. – Sonalee Rashatwar, LCSW.
  • Take a deep breath and always remember that you are the child who lived through survival mode and the empowered adult who chose their healing. – Dr. Nicole LePera.
  • Want the harsh truth? “Positive vibes only” isn’t a thing. Humans have a wide range of emotions and that’s OK to have it too. – Molly Bahr, LMHC.
  • Always value yourself, because no amount of support or generosity justifies someone treating you badly. This includes parents and family members. – Sarah Crosby.
  • Honestly, I do not regret opening up about what I went through with depression, because, it sounds really cliché, but I have had women come up to me and say, ‘It meant so much to me that you opened up.’ It means so much when you realize that someone was having a really hard time and feeling shame and was trying to hide this whole thing. – Winona Ryder.
  • I have come to understand that people are much more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life, I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them. – Jennifer Niven.
  • Change what you can, and manage what you can’t change. – Raymond McCauley.
  • Mental health affects every aspect of your life. It’s not just this neat little issue you can put into a box and lock it away. – Shannon Purser.
  • It’s my experience that the most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, struggles, losses, and have found their way out of the depths, fighting tirelessly to come out victorious. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen, they pass through a process. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
  • The acceptance of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in surviving mental health. – Stefan Molyneux.
  • If there is no struggle, then there is no progress. – Fredrick Douglass.

Mental Health Depression Quotes.

1. we live in a world where if you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast and show you emotional support, but if you tell people you’re depressed, everyone runs the other way, and this is the stigma why so many people going through depression are afraid. Why do we accept that a body part can break down, but neglects our brains? I believe that is pure ignorance. And that ignorance has created a world that doesn’t understand depression, that doesn’t understand the mental health of a friend close by. – Kevin Breel.

2. What some persons never understand about depression is that it’s not on the outside, it’s about the inside. – Jasmine Warga.

3. The pain of severe depression is hardly understandable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills in many cases because the pains associated with it can not be bear anymore. The prevention of many suicides will continue to be hindered until the world general awareness of the nature of this pain. – William Styron.

4. I’ve noticed that so many people look at my depression as me being ungrateful, but I am not, and that is not it – it’s just that I can’t help it. There’s not much that I’m closed off about, and the universe gave me all that so I could help people feel like they don’t have to be something they’re not or feel like they have to fake happiness to make others smile. There’s nothing worse than being fake happy. – Miley Cyrus.

5. Depression has caused so much pain in the world, and most of these people keep their pains, as a secret, rolling through agonizing lives in invisible wheelchairs, dressed in invisible body casts. – Andrew Solomon.

6. I have seen people who have hinted that they know what it is like to be depressed, and this is because they have gone through a divorce, or lost a job, or broken up with a loved one. But these experiences carry with them, their own feelings. The case is different from depression. Depression is flat, hollow, tiresome, and unendurable. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed, because it seems to draw dark clouds of gloom around you. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable, paranoid, humorless, lifeless, critical, demanding and no reassurance is ever enough to swerve you. You’re frightened and not at all like yourself, but will be soon,’ but you know you won’t. – Kay Redfield Jamison.

7. When you come out of the grips of a depression there is an incredible relief and unflowing happiness around you, but not one you feel allowed to celebrate. Instead, that feeling of victory flowing in you is quickly replaced with anxiety that it may come again, and with shame and vulnerability when you see how your illness affected your family, your work, everything left untouched while you struggled to survive and live another day. We come back to life thinner, paler, weaker, but as survivors. Survivors who don’t get pats on the back from coworkers who congratulate them on making it back from the land of pain. Survivors who wake to more work than before because their friends and family are exhausted from helping them fight a battle they may not even understand the beginning, or its source. I hope to one day see a sea of people all wearing silver ribbons as a sign that they understand the secret battle of depression, and as a celebration of the victories made each day as we pull ourselves up out to see our scars heal slowly, and to remember what the sun looks like on the outside. – Jenny Lawson.

8. If you know anyone who is depressed, please never ask them why. This is because depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation, depression just is, like the weather, it comes and go. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through and fight just to stay alive. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do. You can be light down the tunnel by shinning your light of friendship, no matter how small. – Stephen Fry.

9. Feeling your feelings will not lead to depression.” — Jordan Pickell, MCP RCC

10. Do not put your trust on medication to manage depression or anxiety, you have to train the mind so that when you come off the depression medication, you will not be as vulnerable to relapsing as though you had never taken the medication. – Daniel Goleman.

“Depression weighs you down like a rock in a river. You don’t stand a chance. You can fight and pray and hope you have the strength to swim, but sometimes, you can’t help but allow yourself to sink. Because you’ll never know true happiness until someone or something pulls you back out of that river… Most times, you’ll never believe it until you realize it was you, yourself who saved you from going down that road. – Alysha Speer.

Bipolar Disorder Quotes.

We should always remember that it is very possible to live well, feel well, and also find happiness with bipolar disorder or any other mental illness one is struggling with. – Demi Lovato.

One of the things that puzzle me is just how much stigma that comes with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. I consider those living this illness and functioning at all, HEROES. This is something to be proud of, not ashamed of. People struggling with bipolar disorder and still functioning should be given medals along with the steady stream of medication. – Carrie Fisher.

You are not DEFINED by your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle and the joy of victory. – Julian Seifter.

I don’t like shouting out my personal issues from the rooftops, but with my bipolar disorder becomes public, I hope others who are in this club get to know that it’s completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don’t have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it. – Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Yes, I am bipolar, and Yes, I am proud. And this is why I wanted to write a book. To shine a light on mental illness, to be vulnerable about the days I let it take control of me and how dearly I paid for it, and to tell anyone fighting a similar battle: You are not alone. You are not broken. – AJ Lee.

My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle. – Patty Duke.

When under the pulling force of bipolar symptoms, and when it’s strongest, we mostly tend to take selfish decisions, but that doesn’t make us selfish people. In fact, because we have struggled and known such depths of darkness, our compassion runs deeper than others. – Lyss Trayers.

I constantly have to remind myself that not everyone else is to be blamed for how I feel. That my emotions do what they do and it’s not just because someone else made me feel this way to trigger it. I try to stop where I am and look around myself before reacting. – Sarah Bleckman.

I’ve come to conclude that life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness, while the black keys represent sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also create music. – Ehssan.

Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony, and music inside me. – Vincent van Gogh.

Whenever I come across people suffering from Bipolar disorder, I always give them the suggestion Allow yourself morning. I tell them it means that today may have been a rolling ball of anxiety and trembling, a face wet and slick with tears, but if you can get to morning, if you can just allow yourself a new day to encourage a change, then you can get through it. Remember, allow yourself morning. – Bassey Ikpi.

Never allow your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries. – Astrid Alauda.

What does your anxiety do? Surely, you know that it does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but it empties today of its strength. It does not make you escape the evil; it makes you unfit to cope with it if it ever comes. – Raymond L. Cramer.

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, make sure you live in the moment, live in the breath. – Amit Ray.

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. Good humor is simply the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct road to tranquillity and fulfilment. – Grenville Kleiser.

Nothing reduces anxiety faster than action. – Walter Anderson.

No amount of anxiety can change the future. And at the same time, there is no amount of regret capable of changing the past. – Karen Salmansohn.

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear that is trickling through the mind like a little strem. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained and it becomes a storm. – Arthur Somers Roche.

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. But I know that conscious breathing is my anchor. – Thich Nhat Hanh.

My anxiety doesn’t come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it. – Hugh Prather.

Breathing slowing is very similar to an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won’t make the storm goes away, but it sure does hold you steady until it passes. – Russ Harris.

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, rather, it simply empties today of its strength. – Charles Spurgeon.

Mental Health Quotes about Self-care.

Sometimes self-care is exercise and eating right. While other times, self-care is spending quality time with loved ones, or taking a nap. And sometimes it’s watching an entire season of TV in one weekend while you lounge around in your pajamas. Whatever soothes your soul and speak peace unto it. – Nanea Hoffman .

The best gift you can give yourself, is to master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire. – Mama Indigo.

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. – Carl Jung.

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You need to start listening to the way you talk to yourself. Those small interactions will tell you how well you know yourself, how much you respect yourself, and what boundaries you are lacking that needs to be set straightaway. – Sara Kuburic.

Always Pay careful attention to anything you try to hide, it has the possibility of making or destroying you. – Gretchen Rubin.

As you reflect back on the previous weeks, months, or the last 365 days, look for moments that call for celebration too. There will be some, even if you have to search for it a little harder. – Emily Coxhead.

When I don’t pay attention to my feelings, I tend to put up with situations and people longer than is neccessary for my mental health. – Allyson Dinneen.

Here’s the gentlest reminder: You might not need to read another self-help book, attend another training, or bookmark another Instagram post as much as you need to listen to, trust, and practice what you already know. What if the answer you’re looking for is actually within you already? Look inward and start asking the right questions. – Lisa Olivera.

Deep breathing is our nervous system’s love language. – Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy.

Don’t believe everything you think. – Unknown.

You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting your thoughts control you. – Dan Millman.

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