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600 Inspiring Mental Health Quotes: Fight Stigma (2023)

1. “We envisage a society in which mental health problems are an acceptable and in some ways valued part of the human experience.”


2. "They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me.”― Nathaniel Lee


3. "PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.”― Susan Pease Banitt


4. As a result of these difficulties, the fear of stigma may motivate some individuals to hide specific behaviors related to their mental illness or deny that they are having issues. Mental illness can become a defining piece of the individual’s personality and cause their interactions to be categorized by their mental illness.


5. "I’ve run my whole life – for more than exercise, for mental health.” – Wendelin Van Draanen


6. 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. 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.


7. “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.” – Fred Rogers


8. "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.” — Lori Deschene


9. "It’s about the determination to keep walking forward.” – Matt Haig


10. “Life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness and the black show sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also create music.” — Ehssan


11. “Stigma and self-stigma are some of the most significant barriers surrounding mental health. Pervasive stigma is defined as a negative attitude towards a condition or person which leads to negative action or discrimination.”


12. “So many people look at [my depression] as me being ungrateful, but that is not it — 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 happy. There’s nothing worse than being fake happy.” — Miley Cyrus


13. “When under the strain of bipolar’s strongest symptoms, we certainly can make 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.” — Lyss Trayers


14. “I lied and said I was busy.


15. Porter suffers from alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss. Her alopecia triggered several mental health issues in Porter's case, including bipolar disorder.


16. "When anxiety is in balance, it helps us to think ahead to the future, make plans, and get organized.”― Jessica Moore


17. A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support.


18. “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 the help.” — Howie Mandel


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20. Don't let your struggle become your identity. - Unknown


21. “I saw a meme the other day with a picture of Marilyn Manson and Robin Williams. It said about the former, this isn’t the face of depression, and about the latter, this is. This really struck a chord and it’s been on my mind since then. As someone who has continuously dipped in and out of chronic depression and anxiety for close to three decades now, and I’ve never previously spoken about the subject, I finally thought it was time I did.


22. Have you tried not being sad, not being sick?


23. 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.


24. "Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that the better for us all.” — Erik Erikson


25. like scars forming a map of all the ways you’re hurting.


26. Matt Haig is a novelist and journalist. He has written fiction and non-fiction for children and adults, often in the speculative fiction genre. His books include The Last Family In England, The Dead Fathers Club, and Shadow Forest, which won the 2007 Nestle Children’s Book Prize. He suffered from a major depressive disorder at an early age, once attempting suicide by jumping off the roof.


27. “The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.” – Unknown


28. “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.” – Unknown


29. “Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.” — Erik Erikson


30. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”


31. “One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. Not unlike a tour of Afghanistan (though the bombs and bullets, in this case, come from the inside). At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.” — Carrie Fisher


32. "Experts believe that a reduction of mental and physical stress can help people focus and organize their thoughts in an efficient manner. In this, yoga excels.” ― Susan Hollister


33. “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 a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


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35. "Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” – Noam Shpancer


36. "You don’t start with courage and then face fear. You become courageous because you face your fear.” – Laura Davis


37. "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


38. “I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.” — Anonymous


39. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.”


40. "I’m actually taking medication that seems to be pretty good. It’s not making me feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is what is most important,” – Mariah Carey


41. “Every negative belief weakens the partnership between mind and body.”


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43. Indian psychiatrist and researcher Vikram Harshad Patel is best known for his work on child development and mental disability in low-resource areas.


44. "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.”— Anonymous proverb


45. Yes, I have tried. Yes, I am still trying,


46. “Take your time healing, as long as you want. Nobody else knows what you've been through. How could they know how long it will take to heal you?”


47. "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.” — Pink


48. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” — Dan Millman


49. There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in


50. “The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not” ― Elyn R. Saks


51. The response from the beginning has been really, really wonderful and positive. People have always really responded to me talking about mental health.


52. "I do not sleep because I am not only afraid of the monsters at my door, but also of the monsters my own mind can conjure. The ones that live within.”


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


54. Andrew Solomon is a New York-based writer who writes on politics, culture, and psychology. Solomon has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Travel and Leisure, and other publications on a range of subjects, including depression. His book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression won the National Book Award.


55. “My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.” — Emery Lord


56. “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.” — Steven Aitchison


57. “When you come out of the grips of a depression there is an incredible relief, but not one you feel allowed to celebrate. Instead, the feeling of victory is replaced with anxiety that it will happen 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. 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. 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. I hope to one day see a sea of people all wearing silver ribbons as a sign that they understand the secret battle, and as a celebration of the victories made each day as we individually pull ourselves up out of our foxholes to see our scars heal, and to remember what the sun looks like.” ― Jenny Lawson


58. "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. 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.” — Demi Lovato


59. "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


60. To maintain wellbeing, individuals need to recognize their inner strengths. They can seek to accomplish this through therapeutic mental health interventions and meditation, as these processes help individuals to engage in further reflection about what influenced their current state and how they can move forward.


61. "I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." — Jimmy Dean


62. "We would probably also feel less ashamed or afraid to talk about mental health issues if we knew more certainly where they came from, or what caused them.” ― Edward Bullmore


63. There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.


64. Television Personality, Gail Porter, is a presenter, former model, and actress. She started her television career in children's TV before making her way out into modeling and presenting on mainstream TV.


65. Talking about mental health can be challenging for men as society generally does not provide an environment where men can talk about their feelings. This may be why 3 of every 4 suicides are by men. It may also tell us why men are three times more likely to be alcohol dependent than women.


66. My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.


67. "Depression… is what your suffering actually yours?”― Susanna Mittermaier


68. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” — Charles Spurgeon


69. One of the things that baffles me … is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls.


70. but not in a way most people understand.


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72. "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


73. “Not surprisingly, there has been a mismatch between the enormous impact of mental illness and addiction on the public’s health and our society’s limited commitment to addressing these problems.”


74. "The quickest way to end up feeling anger all the time is to repress it and fight against it.”― Jessica Moore


75. "I understand your pain. Trust me, I do. I’ve seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life. You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will NEVER BE a burden.” — Sophie Turner


76. “Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is 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 route to serenity and contentment.” — Grenville Kleiser


77. "Your mental health is everything – prioritize it. Make the time like your life depends on it, because it does.” — Mel Robbins


78. Don't give in to stigma. A diagnosis does not determine who you are or what you can do!


79. “My anxiety doesn’t come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it.” — Hugh Prather


80. "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.” — Linda Poindexter


81. The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about. - Unknown


82. Programs that facilitate social contact between people with and without behavioral disorders (contact-based programs)


83. “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” — Carl Jung


84. 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. - Fred Rogers


85. "It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative–which ever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it.” ― Sylvia Plath


86. “That was the crux. You. Only you could work on you. Nobody could force you, and if you weren’t ready, then you weren’t ready, and no amount of open-armed encouragement was going to change that.” ― Norah Vincent


87. "We take care of our dental health. We don’t take care of our mental health … I think the solution to making this world better is if we would just be healthy mentally.” —Howie Mandel


88. An effective way of improving mental illness is by exercising daily. Exercising releases feel-good chemical responses such as serotonin and endorphins, which help to improve your mood. These, in turn, help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms.


89. In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.


90. "you look at me and cry


91. “All stress, anxiety, depression, is caused when we ignore who we are, and start living to please others.”


92. “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.” — Matt Haig


93. It’s important to recognize that an individual’s response to present events is based on their mental state. However, an individual’s reaction to past and future events affects their overall mental health, as the anticipation and rumination surrounding different events fuel an individual’s reactions.


94. “When I don’t pay attention to my feelings, I tend to put up with situations and people longer than I should.” — Allyson Dinneen


95. "Everybody knows there is no such thing as normal. There is no black-and-white definition of normal. Normal is subjective. There’s only a messy, inconsistent, silly, hopeful version of how we feel most at home in our lives.” ― Tori Spelling


96. Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson is an English singer-songwriter boasting of several UK Singles Charting songs, including "Rockabye," featuring Sean Paul. Anne-Marie more recently became a mental health advocate after revealing her mental health challenges.


97. “It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative - which ever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it.”


98. “It’s possible to live well, feel well, and also find happiness with bipolar disorder or any other mental illness [you’re] struggling with.” — Demi Lovato


99. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” — Thich Nhat Hanh


100. "There is a major emphasis on positive versus negative thoughts in dealing with harmful stress and mental health in general. Realistic thoughts should perhaps be the goal.” ― Dr Harry Barry


101. Click here for more self-care tips from licensed therapists.


102. I often say that the opposite of depression is not happiness but vitality.


103. “In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus


104. "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.” —Stephen King


105. Sometimes, this is my busy -


106. "The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.” — Mama Indigo


107. "It’s not just people who can’t find a job, or can’t fit in in society that struggle with depression sometimes.” — Jared Padalecki


108. "Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.” ― Jasmine Warga


109. What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation about illnesses that affect not only individuals, but their families as well.


110. I fight for my health every day in ways most people don't understand. I'm not lazy. I'm a warrior.


111. About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our times.


112. "I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are.” — Justin Bieber


113. "Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” — Astrid Alauda


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115. “The only journey is the journey within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke


116. "There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.” ― Matt Haig


117. 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.


118. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”


119. Deep breathing is our nervous system's love language.


120. Peter Haugen, Aileen McCrillis, Geert Smid, & Mirjam Nijdam, 2017


121. “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” — Buddha


122. "Mental health isn’t always about feeling good. As I define it, mental health is about accepting reality on reality’s terms.” ― Drew Pinsky


123. "Mental health is"messy and chaotic” but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying to make sense of it.” ― Nathan Filer


124. "Is stress inflicted on you — or created by you?”― Frank Sonnenberg


125. Talking to a professional, in particular, brings you closer to a proper diagnosis. This means understanding yourself and the various ways you can improve your mental health.


126. "It’s important to point out that mental health is more about wellness rather than sickness.” — Matt Purcell


127. "Through the vehicle of our emotions, our mind, body, and spirit are sending signals that something has to shift.”― Randy Taran


128. 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.


129. "Living with anxiety, turning up, and doing stuff with anxiety takes a strength most people will never know.”― Matt Haig


130. "The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”― Juliette Lewis


131. "There is nothing that can have a more powerful effect on your mental health than the spirit of thankfulness.” — George Vandeman


132. "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 you are not the rain.” — Matt Haig


133. “Things not to say to someone with mental illness: Ignore it. Forget about it. Fight it. You are better than this. You are over thinking.”


134. "About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our times.” – C.G. Jung


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136. “Although the general perception of mental illness has improved over the past decades, studies show that stigma against mental illness is still powerful, largely due to media stereotypes and lack of education, and that people tend to attach negative stigmas to mental health conditions at a far higher rate than to other diseases and disabilities, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease.”


137. I was busy silencing irrational thoughts.


138. “We want you to know that you don’t need to be in crisis or distress to seek help as going to therapy has numerous benefits.” – Carla Avalos LCSW+PMH-C


139. “Just remember, you are not alone, in fact, you are in a very commonplace with millions of others. We need to help each other and keep striving to reach our goals.” — Mike Moreno


140. Mental health isn't all of me, but it's a massive part of my journey and a massive part of my whole being.


141. "You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission.” ― Flannery O’Connor


142. I support mental health awareness month - because everyone deserves to feel good.


143. Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.


144. Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let's raise the awareness. Let's let everybody know it's OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem.


145. Take a deep breath to remember you are the child who lived through survival mode and the empowered adult who chose their healing.


146. "My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.” – Emery Lord


147. Over the past few years, mental health has come to describe not only severe mental conditions, but also an aspect of overall health. As a result, the general population’s understanding and categorization of mental health has broadened (Spector, 2020).


148. Adwoa Caitlin Maria Aboah is a British fashion model who has been on the cover of American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Poland, and i-D. She was voted the best Model of the Year by models.com in 2017.


149. "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.” — Fred Rogers


150. "We need to change the culture of this topic and make it OK to speak about mental health and suicide.” — Luke Richardson


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152. What I do now is I train in the mornings, and people ask me why I do it. I do it for two reasons: first of all, to keep in shape, but secondly, I think training, sport, and physical activity is really good for mental health.


153. “No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.” — Karen Salmansohn


154. "True suffering is being trapped in your own head.”― Adam Snowflake


155. Introducing these programs can help increase awareness surrounding mental health. As people become more aware of the impacts, mental illness can slowly become more understood among the general population.


156. “Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.” – Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book


157. Read more about depression, including advice from therapists.


158. Taking stock and moving forward


159. "To think too much is a disease.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky


160. “It’s my experience that people are a lot 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


161. "Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.” – Dale Carnegie


162. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” — Kahlil Gibran


163. Related: Read more about how and why to Share Your Mental Health Story


164. “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength-carrying two days at once. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom


165. Deep breathing is our nervous system’s love language.” — Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy


166. “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” ― Leonard Cohen


167. "If you are physically sick, you can elicit the interest of a battery of physicians; but if you are mentally sick, you are lucky if the janitor comes around.” – Martin H. Fischer


168. “Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed. 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 and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re ‘not at all like yourself but will be soon,’ but you know you won’t.” ― Kay Redfield Jamison


169. "I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Amy March


170. We can often see signs of physical illnesses. With mental health, there’s a shroud of uncertainty. Its symptoms of illness can be challenging to notice.


171. "It is not the the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind.”― Aisha Mirza


172. Pain does not need to be seen to be felt.


173. "The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


174. "Your illness is not your identity. Your chemistry is not your character.” — Pastor Rick Warren


175. “People will need help and support either intermittently or continuously, but their mental health experience no more defines them than their sexuality, gender, personality or any other aspect of their identity.”


176. I knew well enough that one could fracture one's legs and arms and recover afterward, but I did not know that you could fracture the brain in your head and recover from that too.


177. "It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love – writing songs and making music.” – Mariah Carey


178. "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.” –Linda Poindexter


179. “It is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas and feelings proves the validity of these ideas and feelings. Nothing could be further from the truth. Consensual validation as such has no bearing on reason or mental health.”


180. "If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.” — Selena Gomez


181. “We believe that a mental health system that was fully supporting recovery would look different in language, assumptions, theory base and working practices. It would have a natural focus on strengths.”


182. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Fredrick Douglass


183. "Being able to be your true self is one of the strongest components of good mental health.” — Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy


184. There are so many cliches associated with mental health - such as the 'fine line between lunacy and genius' - which are, on the whole, a load of rubbish.


185. “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.” ― Laura Davis


186. “Children who are not encouraged to do, to try, to explore, to master, and to risk failure, often feel helpless and inadequate. Over-controlled by anxious, fearful parents, these children often become anxious and fearful themselves. This makes it difficult for them to mature. Many never outgrow the need for ongoing parental guidance and control. As a result, their parents continue to invade, manipulate, and frequently dominate their lives.”


187. Mike Slade, Lindsay Oades, & Aaron Jarden, 2017


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189. "Self-esteem is not a luxury; it is a profound spiritual need.”― Nathaniel Branden


190. Mental health...is not a destination, but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you're going. - Noam Shpancer, PhD


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192. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Amy March, from Little Women


193. It's so important that we all speak up on mental health.


194. “The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of NOW.”


195. “Let your story go. Allow yourself to be present with who you are right now.” – Russ Kyle


196. "The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not.” ― Elyn R. Saks


197. “About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our times.”


198. Anyone can be affected [by mental illness] despite their level of success or their place on the food chain. 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?


199. You are the one thing in this world, above all other things, that you must never give up on. When I was in middle school, I was struggling with severe anxiety and depression and the help and support I received from my family and a therapist saved my life. Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you'll ever know.


200. "Don’t let your struggle become your identity.” – Unknown


201. As a Ph.D. holder in psychology and as someone who battled with depression, Solomon’s view about depression is that many depressed people are happy in public.


202. “By taking care of myself I have so much more to offer the world than I do when I am running on empty.” – Ali Washington


203. Breaking the taboo of men speaking out about mental health


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205. “Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.“


206. I was busy calming a racing heart.


207. “I could walk through fire if it meant making my dreams come true. That is the gift being bipolar gave me. It blessed me with a lofty imagination, an iron will, and an unbreakable belief in the impossible.” — AJ Mendez


208. “Don’t believe everything you think.” — Unknown


209. “I was with someone recently who asked: ‘Well, don’t you think that if you do too much therapy it will take away your artistic process?’ And I told them: ‘The biggest lie that we’ve ever been sold is that we as artists have to stay in pain to create.'” — Katy Perry


210. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." — Aristotle


211. “When you come out of the grips of a depression there is an incredible relief, but not one you feel allowed to celebrate. Instead, the feeling of victory is replaced with anxiety that it will happen 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. 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. 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. I hope to one day see a sea of people all wearing silver ribbons as a sign that they understand the secret battle, and as a celebration of the victories made each day as we individually pull ourselves up out of our foxholes to see our scars heal, and to remember what the sun looks like.”


212. Take the next step on your journey by discovering your top therapist matches today.


213. "Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.” – Adam Ant


214. "There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.”― Matt Haig


215. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” ― John Green


216. sometimes demons attack you from the inside.


217. Self-esteem is not a luxury; it is a profound spiritual need.


218. "Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.” — Buddha


219. I understand your pain. Trust me, I do. I've seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life . You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will never be a burden.


220. “I do not sleep because I am not only afraid of the monsters at my door, but also of the monsters my own mind can conjure. The ones that live within.”


221. "The feeling of being valuable – ‘I am a valuable person’- is essential to mental health and is a cornerstone of self-discipline.” — M. Scott Peck


222. “Being vulnerable is actually a strength and not a weakness — that’s why more and more mental health is such an important thing to 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


223. 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. - Russell Wilson


224. "I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.” — Unknown


225. Sharing inspirational mental health stories


226. “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close


227. “Change what you can, manage what you can’t.” ― Raymond McCauley


228. Have you tried exercising? Have you tried eating better?


229. People assume you aren’t sick


230. Sometimes monsters are invisible, and


231. Education, such as mental health literacy campaigns


232. “[Slow breathing] is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won’t make the storm goes away, but it will hold you steady until it passes. — Russ Harris


233. When you come out of the grips of a depression there is an incredible relief, but not one you feel allowed to celebrate. Instead, the feeling of victory is replaced with anxiety that it will happen 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. We come back to life thinner, paler, weaker … but as survivors.


234. “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.”


235. “Emotions, moods, impulses, ebb and flow with the tide of my life. Tidal waves, at times, in a bipolar mind.” ― H.G.


236. "Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise awareness. Let’s let everybody know it’s OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem.” — Demi Lovato


237. "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds” – Bob Marley


238. Protest and advocacy (e.g., letter writing and Twitter campaigns)


239. "You don’t need to find a lesson in your trauma.” — Jordan Pickell, MCP RCC


240. “People should know about us. Girls who write their pain on their bodies. ~Louisa”


241. "Start prioritizing your mental health instead of adjusting to toxic spaces.” — Thema Bryant-Davis


242. Contact-based education programs, which combine contact with educational content designed to raise public awareness of selected issues or increase public knowledge about mental and substance use disorders


243. tags: bravery, courage, death-and-dying, death-wish, despair, hopelessness, mental-disorder, mental-health, mental-health-stigma, mental-illness, suicidal-thoughts, suicidality, suicide781 likesLike


244. “Take a deep breath to remember you are the child who lived through survival mode and the empowered adult who chose their healing.” — Dr. Nicole LePera


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246. “The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”


247. "Don’t believe everything you think." — Unknown


248. Exercise keeps me occupied, which is good for my mental health.


249. "Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” – Bill Clinton


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251. "Your own mental health battles or those of others can make you lose sight of it, but hope is truly the one thing that will keep you going through some of the harder times.” ― Frankie Bridge


252. "Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.” – Mariska Hargitay


253. “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 have to let yourself sink. Because you’ll never know true happiness until someone or something pulls you back out of that river — and you’ll never believe it until you realize it was you, yourself who saved you.” ― Alysha Speer


254. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore


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256. “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” — Arthur Somers Roche


257. “If you know someone who’s depressed please resolve to never ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness and loneliness they’re going through. 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.” — Stephen Fry


258. My heart is a prison of Have you tried?s


259. Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer.


260. Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It's the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.


261. “You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.” — Kody Keplinger


262. tags: life, mental-health, mental-illness373 likesLike


263. "I’m a big proponent of having a mental health component go along with whatever the physical realities are.” — Alan Thicke


264. "‘Positive vibes only’ isn’t a thing. Humans have a wide range of emotions and that’s OK.” — Molly Bahr, LMHC


265. "What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close


266. “No amount of therapy can or self care can make up for scarcity of food & drink, time, or financial resources.” — Whitney Goodman, LMFT


267. "And every person can benefit from talking to somebody. I’m the most anti-medication person, but some people need medicine, and there was a time where I needed some too.” — Miley Cyrus


268. does not mean they aren’t ripping through me.


269. "What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” — Glenn Close


270. “My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.” — Patty Duke


271. “As you reflect back on the previous weeks, months or year, look for moments you can celebrate too. There will be some, even if you have to look a little harder.” — Emily Coxhead


272. “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.” — Prince Harry


273. "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 you shouldn’t either.” — Lady Gaga


274. I won't say that writing is therapy, but for me, the act of writing is therapy. The ability to be productive is good for my mental health. It's always better for me to be writing than vegetating on some couch.


275. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” — John Green


276. Have you tried being more like me?


277. "The only journey is the journey within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke


278. Related: 10 Mental Health Podcasts


279. “PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.”


280. I believe the biggest stigma right now, with mental health, is that a lot of men are not talking about it.


281. But you can always turn your setbacks into setups to come back stronger.”


282. "There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”― John Green


283. "Mental health... is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” — Noam Shpancer


284. "There is a point where courage becomes a symptom of mental illness.”― Wayne Gerard Trotman


285. “Mental health clinicians need to address the issue of stigma, which is so often attached to mental illness. They need to support efforts to prevent mental ill health and promote health, wellness and resilience. Clinicians need to support the rights of people with mental illness, and enable them to participate meaningfully in society.”


286. So nobody can do anything to help, right? No. If right now you suspect one of your friends is suffering like this then you’re probably right. If right now you think that none of your friends are suffering like this then you’re probably wrong. By all means make your public affirmations of understanding, but at least take on board that an attempt to connect on this subject by someone you care about could well be cryptic and indirect.


287. "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.” – Russell Wilson


288. "Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." — Nido Qubein


289. “The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of the world but those who fight and win battles that others do not know anything about.” — Jonathan Harnisch


290. Click here to learn if an online therapy service is right for you.


291. “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” — Glenn Close


292. "Humanity is so weird. If we’re not laughing, we’re crying or running for our lives because monsters are trying to eat us. And they don’t even have to be real monsters. They could be the ones we make up in our heads. Don’t you think that’s weird?” ― T.J. Klune


293. “Lunatics are similar to designated hitters. Often an entire family is crazy, but since an entire family can't go into the hospital, one person is designated as crazy and goes inside. Then, depending on how the rest of the family is feeling that person is kept inside or snatched out, to prove something about the family's mental health.”


294. Media campaigns delivered over a range of platforms, including traditional and newer social media


295. "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.” ―Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression


296. Learn more tips from therapists about how to manage anxiety.


297. "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.” — Charles Bukowski


298. “Because now people use the phrase OCD to describe minor personality quirks. "Oooh, I like my pens in a line, I'm so OCD."


299. tags: depression, love, mental-health, physics301 likesLike


300. Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, known as Kate Middleton, is a member of the British royal family. Middleton is especially active in dealing with issues surrounding mental health. In 2016, she initiated ‘Heads Together’ with Prince William to encourage people to open up about their mental health issues.


301. “To think too much is a disease.”


302. "Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” — Ovid


303. “What if you moved through the world as if you were easy to be loved? Because I promise you, you are easy to love.” Sonalee Rashatwar, LCSW


304. "Regardless of where you are on the mental health spectrum, it is important to remember that, if you have a problem, with the right support and treatment you can and will get better.” ― Shaun Davies And Andrew Kinder


305. "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 the help.” – Howie Mandel


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307. "You are stronger than you know. In the depths of despair, you find your true strength within.” – Asad Meah


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309. “Recovery is not one and done. It is a lifelong journey that takes place one day, one step at a time.” — Unknown


310. Change the way we all talk to each other about our mental health.


311. Decreasing stigma could increase the likelihood that people with mental health conditions will seek help for their difficulties, allowing them to live more fulfilling lives.


312. “Start listening to the way you talk to yourself. These interactions will tell you how well you know yourself, how much you respect yourself, and what boundaries you are lacking.” — Sara Kuburic


313. Reinhart is very open about her struggles with depression. Research has shown that talking may be as effective as medication when dealing with depression.


314. “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.” — Linda Poindexter


315. “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?” — Lisa Olivera


316. "Mental health: having enough safe places in your mind for your thoughts to settle.” — Alain de Botton


317. These days it’s trendy for people to think they’re cool and understanding about mental illness, posting memes and such to indicate so. But the reality is far different to that. It seems most people think if they publicly display such understanding then perhaps a friend will come to them, open up, and calmly discuss their problems. This will not happen. For someone in that seemingly hopeless void of depression and anxiety the last thing they are likely to do is acknowledge it, let alone talk about it. Even if broached by a friend they will probably deny there is a problem and feel even more distanced from the rest of the world.


318. “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


319. “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.” ― Andrew Solomon


320. "The acknowledgment of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in mental health.” ― Stefan Molyneux


321. “There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.”


322. “Slow, deep breathing is important… It’s like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won’t get rid of the storm, but it will hold you steady until it passes.”


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324. “I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops, but with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know 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


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326. “The acknowledgement of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in mental health.” ― Stefan Molyneux


327. "Mental health and mental balance is critical to leading a healthy life.” — Mariel Hemingway


328. "There is no health without mental health; mental health is too important to be left to the professionals alone, and mental health is everyone’s business.” — Vikram Patel


329. People who live with mental health conditions often find hope in connecting with others who may share the struggle. Others who’ve recovered or learned to manage their condition can find themselves motivated to share advice.


330. "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.”— Charles Bukowski


331. "Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” ― Henry David Thoreau


332. “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.” – Nido Qubein


333. Mental health is centered around maintaining individual wellbeing. The absence of a mental disorder is not sufficient for good mental health, as individuals must be able to function independently and engage in consistent self-care to be considered mentally healthy (World Health Organization, 2004).


334. "The problem with having problems is that ‘someone’ always has it worse.” ― Tiffany Madison


335. SHUT UP, YOU IGNORANT BUMFACE.”


336. “I believe the best way to manage our thoughts is to first educate ourselves. We need to fully understand how a mental illness can feel to someone before we thoughtfully talk about it.”


337. “The current ruling ontology denies any possibility of a social causation of mental illness. The chemico-biologization of mental illness is of course strictly commensurate with its depoliticization. Considering mental illness an individual chemico-biological problem has enormous benefits for capitalism. First, it reinforces Capital’s drive towards atomistic individualization (you are sick because of your brain chemistry). Second, it provides an enormously lucrative market in which multinational pharmaceutical companies can peddle their pharmaceuticals (we can cure you with our SSRIs). It goes without saying that all mental illnesses are neurologically instantiated, but this says nothing about their causation. If it is true, for instance, that depression is constituted by low serotonin levels, what still needs to be explained is why particular individuals have low levels of serotonin. This requires a social and political explanation; and the task of repoliticizing mental illness is an urgent one if the left wants to challenge capitalist realism.”


338. I wanted to write a story about my struggles with depression and mental health. It's an issue that needs to be talked about more.


339. “Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever.” ― Susanna Kaysen


340. "Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it’s critical to wellbeing.” – Diane Abbott


341. "You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” — Julian Seifter


342. "If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill


343. “We all add to the stigma surrounding mental illness. I am not trying to call anyone out or make anyone feel bad, but in our own way, we all contribute to the stigma. It could be the way we think about other people with mental illness, or even the way we talk to ourselves about our own struggles.”


344. "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." — Pink


345. "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.” – Louise Hart


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347. Eventually, Porter was able to find some balance through her routines and habits, including exercising.


348. I was busy telling myself I am okay.


349. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.


350. unless they see the sickness on your skin


351. "The only people who have room to worry about the future are those who aren’t fighting just to survive the present.”― Kerry Kletter


352. "What people never understand is that depression isn’t about the outside; it’s about the inside.” ― Jasmine Warga


353. Nicholas Procter, Helen Hamer, Denise McGarry, Terry Froggatt, & Rhonda Wilson, 2014


354. “Humanity is so weird. If we’re not laughing, we’re crying or running for our lives because monsters are trying to eat us. And they don’t even have to be real monsters. They could be the ones we make up in our heads. Don’t you think that’s weird?”


355. "Do not just slay your demons; dissect them and find what they’ve been feeding on.” – Anonymous


356. Stepping away from embarrassment and talking openly


357. “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. — Wentworth Miller


358. "There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” — John Green


359. “My dark days made me stronger. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.” — Emery Lord


360. Related: The 30 Best Mental Health Apps


361. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill


362. "Mental health is just as important as... physical health and deserves the same quality of support.” — Kate Middleton


363. “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.” — Charles Bukowski


364. "Mental health isn’t all of me, but it’s a massive part of my journey and a massive part of my whole being.” — Adwoa Aboah


365. "You have survived everything you have been through, and you will survive this too.” – Matt Haig


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367. "The best way out is always through." — Robert Frost


368. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves” ― Henry David Thoreau


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370. "I get up and pace the room, as if I can leave my guilt behind me. But it tracks me as I walk, an ugly shadow made by myself.” ― Rosamund Lupton


371. Raymond E. Feist, alias Raymond Elias Gonzales III, is an American fantasy fiction author who wrote The Riftwar Cycle, novels, and short stories. This series includes the acclaimed The Riftwar Saga, The Riftwar Legacy, and The Empire Trilogy. Publishers have translated his books into multiple languages and have sold over 15 million copies worldwide.


372. “Take your time healing, as long as you want. Nobody else knows what you’ve been through. How could they know how long it will take to heal you?” — Abertoli


373. "Mental health sufferers are not crazy. They have special insight. You better recognize that setting aside your interest people to stay asleep and show empathy towards God’s imperfect creations, otherwise the world has no meaning to exist.”― Maria Karvouni


374. Being vulnerable is actually a strength and not a weakness — that's why more and more mental health is such an important thing to 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.


375. "At our lowest we find the solid ground of our foundation. And we can build ourselves anew.” – Matt Haig


376. Being able to be your true self is one of the strongest components of good mental health.


377. We need, ultimately, to be able to view mental health with the same clear-headedness we show when talking about physical health.


378. “I fight for my health every day in ways most people don’t understand. I’m not lazy. I’m a warrior.”


379. "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore


380. "There’s not shame in dealing with these things. There’s no shame in having to fight everyday.” — Jared Padalecki


381. “You are not alone. You are seen. I am with you. You are not alone.” — Shonda Rhimes


382. “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.”


383. “Consequently, actions that successfully improve the overall mental health of the population are likely to be accompanied by other important benefits to society.”


384. "You will emerge from this nightmare like the powerful, beautiful, resilient person that you are. It can be hard to remember this when you feel like a shell of the person you once were. But trust me: You are capable of overcoming so much more than you think.” – Elite Daily


385. The pain of severe depression is quite unimaginable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills in many instances because its anguish can no longer be borne. The prevention of many suicides will continue to be hindered until there is a general awareness of the nature of this pain.


386. "It doesn’t have to take over your life, it doesn’t have to define you as a person, it’s just important that you ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness.” — Demi Lovato


387. "In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” — Abraham Maslow


388. "What does your anxiety do? 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 comes.” ― Raymond L. Cramer


389. "Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever.” ―Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted


390. “When mental health is ultimately recognized as essential to physical health, not an extraneous element of it, then we will have access to true, complete, modern medicine.”


391. “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


392. After assuming she may be bipolar, a trip to the psychotherapist revealed Anne-Marie to be an Empath instead. Speaking up and reaching out - whether to friends and family or professionals - is important.


393. Elliott Goldner, Emily Jenkins, & Dan Bilsker, 2016


394. “Don’t give in to stigma. A diagnosis does not determine who you are or what you can do!”


395. “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them—every day begin the task anew.” –Saint Francis de Sales


396. Get updates on the latest posts and more from Everyday Power straight to your inbox.


397. "Mental health can be just as important as physical health – and major depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses.” — Michael Greger


398. Specific evidence-based strategies that are found to reduce sigma include (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017).


399. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle


400. 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 the help.


401. Famous as the lead singer of Adam and the Ants. Adam Ant is an English singer. He scored 10 UK top ten hits as a solo artist, including three UK No. 1 singles. He also worked as an actor, appearing in over two dozen films and television episodes.


402. “Being able to be your true self is one of the strongest components of good mental health.” — Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy


403. "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." — Frederick Douglas


404. "Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, others head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.” – Dean Karnazes


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406. Telling me there is no problem


407. “Deep breathing is our nervous system’s love language.” — Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy


408. "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


409. The only journey is the journey within. - Rainer Maria Rilke


410. Oh my God, I was so nervous about that presentation, I literally had a panic attack.


411. In September 2011, Porter shared her detainment story with BBC Radio 5 Live's Phil Williams. A hospital detained her under the Mental Health Act of 2007 for 17 days of treatment against her will after sending suicidal texts to her boyfriend.


412. "Running with a partner, or a friend, or just meeting people out and about can be a balm to the isolation that mental-health problems create.” ― Bella Mackie


413. tags: abuse-of-power, anti-psychiatrity, anti-stigma, discrimination, judged, label, labeling, labeling-someone, labelling, mental-disorder, mental-health, mental-health-stigma, mental-health-system, mental-illness, perspective, sanity, sickness, society365 likesLike


414. "Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether.” – Stephanie Garber


415. The only journey is the journey within.


416. “I am bipolar, and I am proud. And that 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 and paid dearly for it, and to tell anyone fighting a similar battle: You are not alone. You are not broken.” — AJ Lee


417. He is the Co-Founder and former Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the Co-Director of the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions, and the Co-Founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO dedicated to research in the areas of child development, adolescent health, and mental health.


418. "Loving thoughts and actions are clearly beneficial for our physical and mental health.” — Dalai Lama


419. Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.


420. “Because wherever I sat — on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok — I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air.” ― Sylvia Plath


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422. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


423. Strictly' has taught me that activity outside work is good for my mental health.


424. “I knew well enough that one could fracture one’s legs and arms and recover afterward, but I did not know that you could fracture the brain in your head and recover from that too.” ― Vincent van Gogh


425. There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't.


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427. 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.


428. Slow breathing is like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won't make the storm goes away, but it will hold you steady until it passes.


429. "The mind can be like a small child who just needs reassurance that things will be dealt with and looked after. That’s all it needs to let go of these mental worries.” ― Barry McDonagh


430. I'm so hormonal today. I just feel totally bipolar.


431. "Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine.” ― Charlotte Eriksson


432. But it’s not about the smiles in public. It’s about the vitality- the capacity to live, the energy to forge on- “seeping away from you” in the moments when you’re alone.


433. “The pain of severe depression is quite unimaginable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills in many instances because its anguish can no longer be borne. The prevention of many suicides will continue to be hindered until there is a general awareness of the nature of this pain.”


434. 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. - Unknown


435. “You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” — Julian Seifter


436. "It’s okay to not be okay – it means that your mind is trying to heal itself.”― Abhijit Naskar


437. "Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” – Carl Jung


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439. 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.


440. "..balancing time you spend with or without people is crucial for mental health.” ― Amy E. Spiegel


441. "Take a deep breath to remember you are the child who lived through survival mode and the empowered adult who chose their healing.” — Dr. Nicole LePera


442. “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.” — Lori Deschene


443. “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


444. Stigma surrounding mental health includes being negatively perceived by others because of mental illness. Specifically, it can lead individuals to be discredited by society and experience barriers surrounding employment, access to care, and social support (Bharadwaj, Pai, & Suziedelyte, 2015).


445. “Don’t let your struggle become your identity.” – Unknown


446. “Over the course of the past decade, there’s been increased willingness to recognize mental health as an essential part of one’s well-being.”


447. "It is okay to have depression, it is okay to have anxiety and it is okay to have an adjustment disorder. We need to improve the conversation. We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health.” — Prince Harry


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


449. “i think the idea of a 'mental health day' is something completely invented by people who have no clue what it's like to have bad mental health. the idea that your mind can be aired out in twenty-four hours is kind of like saying heart disease can be cured if you eat the right breakfast cereal. mental health days only exist for people who have the luxury of saying 'i don't want to deal with things today' and then can take the whole day off, while the rest of us are stuck fighting the fights we always fight, with no one really caring one way or another, unless we choose to bring a gun to school or ruin the morning announcements with a suicide.”


450. Play-by-play announcer, Mauro Domenico Ranallo, is a Canadian sports commentator and mental health advocate. Ranallo lives with bipolar disorder after being diagnosed at 19 in 1989. He is currently signed as a play-by-play announcer with MMA, and WWE, and has experience in Canadian football, ice hockey, boxing, and kickboxing.


451. To fight stigma, it is important for society to continually promote increased awareness and acceptance of mental health difficulties. Widespread interventions to reduce stigma are found to have a greater impact on perpetuating long-term change surrounding awareness and knowledge of mental health.


452. Most aid agencies do not even consider proposals to treat mental health problems; those that do think of it as a minor player, overshadowed by the pressing need to save lives by treating physical illness.


453. I keep moving ahead, as always, knowing deep down inside that I am a good person and that I am worthy of a good life.


454. “Tough times never last, but tough people do!” — Robert Schuller


455. "I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s there to be ashamed of? I went through a really tough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.” —J. K. Rowling


456. A sad soul can be just as lethal as a germ.


457. The acknowledgement of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in mental health.


458. This is not how miracles are born.


459. "It’s never overreacting to ask for what you want and need.” – Amy Poehler


460. “There is no cast, no scar, no stitches. No X-ray with the evidence of pain. Rarely is there physical evidence of mental illness, but for those suffering from pervasive mental illness the pain and exhaustion is deep and heavy.” – Emily Sanders, LMFT


461. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't.”


462. Although mental health may not yet be normalized to the extent that physical wellbeing has, more people are willing to speak out about the impact of mental health. More specifically, there has been an increase in prominent individuals being willing to talk about their mental health struggles, which has helped keep the dialogue going.


463. “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”


464. "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.” — Prince Harry


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467. “We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken.”


468. "You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” — Dan Millman


469. I consent to receiving emails and personalized ads.


470. "Change what you can, manage what you can’t.” — Raymond McCauley


471. “Your illness is not your identity. Your chemistry is not your character.” — Rick Warren


472. Cleveland-born Lili Reinhart developed a love for singing, acting, and dancing at the relatively early age of 10. She began to pursue her acting and singing career at 18 in Los Angeles. Some of her more popular TV roles include playing Betty Cooper on Riverdale and Annabelle on Hustlers.


473. I used to be embarrassed of my broken parts. Not anymore… Even in pieces, I'm worth having.


474. "It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”― Steve Maraboli


475. Many individuals have also found an outlet by engaging in creative pursuits such as writing and painting to help express their emotions. Having an outlet to express your emotions can help maintain stable mental health and continue to motivate the conversation surrounding mental health and wellbeing.


476. “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 you shouldn’t either.” — Lady Gaga


477. "Mental health problems do not affect three or four out of every five persons, but one out of one.” — Karl A. Menninger


478. “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.”


479. You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.


480. “Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.”


481. “‘Positive vibes only’ isn’t a thing. Humans have a wide range of emotions and that’s OK.” — Molly Bahr, LMHC


482. There is no such thing as a linear life.


483. "Everyone experiences a version of anxiety or worry in their lives, and maybe we go through it in a different or more intense way for longer periods of time, but there’s nothing wrong with you.” – Emma Stone


484. "I let it get to me that day. I wasn’t in a good place. And unfortunately I was going through a rough time and I let it get to me a little bit too much. That was it.” – Liam Payne


485. “This feeling will pass. The fear is real but the danger is not.” ― Cammie McGovern


486. “Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer


487. Anyway, I’ve said my piece. And please don’t think this is me reaching out for help. If this was my current mindset the last thing I’d ever do is write something like this, let alone share it.”


488. "You are the one thing in this world, above all other things, that you must never give up on. When I was in middle school, I was struggling with severe anxiety and depression and the help and support I received from my family and a therapist saved my life. Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you’ll ever know.” — Lili Rhinehart


489. “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


490. Mental health affects every aspect of your life. It's not just this neat little issue you can put into a box.


491. "We now know that close friendships and affectionate relationships play a huge role in our mental health and well-being and influence how our bodies work.” ― Paul Gilbert


492. “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. 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.” — Demi Lovato


493. “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.” — Fred Rogers


494. and I will not apologize for it.”


495. "There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” ― Leonard Cohen


496. "Recovery is full of ups and downs.


497. Adam Ant has battled with a range of mental health problems. Specifically, bouts of depression that led to drug misuse and overdose.


498. "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.” — Matt Haig


499. “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.” – Russell Wilson


500. “The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.” — Mama Indigo


501. "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.” ― Robert Uttaro


502. Aboah self-medicated with drugs from a young age due to depression. She attempted suicide by overdose in 2015, which put her in a four-day coma before recovering in a psychiatric hospital.


503. "A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support.” – Kate Middleton


504. “Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success or their place on the food chain. 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?” — Kristen Bell


505. “Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” – Noam Shpancer, PhD


506. It is important to do your best to find an outlet that allows you to be open and honest about your struggles, be it with a therapist, good friend, or family member.


507. "Don’t take my devils away, because my angels may flee too.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke


508. "Mental illness is no myth, as some have claimed. It is a disturbance in our sense of possession of a stable inner self that survives its personae.” — Camille Paglia


509. “I keep moving ahead, as always, knowing deep down inside that I am a good person and that I am worthy of a good life.” ― Jonathan Harnisch


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511. “And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.”


512. "Those who suffer from depression would know that all the things that might seem nonsensical are eventually real.”― Dwimirnani


513. “IWe 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. We shouldn’t treat mental health conditions any differently.” – Michelle Obama


514. Sometimes self care is exercise and eating right. Sometimes it's spending 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.


515. “I support mental health awareness month!”


516. Members of different societies often see mental health issues as taboo topics. Speaking up about having one may garner a not-so-warm response from others.


517. We have seen that two heads are better than one when dealing with a mental health problem.


518. What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation. Glenn Close


519. “Capitalist realism insists on treating mental health as if it were a natural fact, like weather (but, then again, weather is no longer a natural fact so much as a political-economic effect). In the 1960s and 1970s, radical theory and politics (Laing, Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, etc.) coalesced around extreme mental conditions such as schizophrenia, arguing, for instance, that madness was not a natural, but a political, category. But what is needed now is a politicization of much more common disorders. Indeed, it is their very commonness which is the issue: in Britain, depression is now the condition that is most treated by the NHS. In his book The Selfish Capitalist, Oliver James has convincingly posited a correlation between rising rates of mental distress and the neoliberal mode of capitalism practiced in countries like Britain, the USA and Australia. In line with James’s claims, I want to argue that it is necessary to reframe the growing problem of stress (and distress) in capitalist societies. Instead of treating it as incumbent on individuals to resolve their own psychological distress, instead, that is, of accepting the vast privatization of stress that has taken place over the last thirty years, we need to ask: how has it become acceptable that so many people, and especially so many young people, are ill?”


520. “Mental health affects every aspect of your life. It’s not just this neat little issue you can put into a box.” — Shannon Purser


521. "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 all the time about people with mental illness.” —Elyn R. Saks


522. "If I never had any mental health issues, there’s no doubt in my mind I’d still be playing.” — Mardy Fish


523. We need to tear down the current stigma attached to speaking about mental illness. Research has identified public education as a way to encourage dialogue about mental health. And this is what Middleton intends to achieve through her work.


524. Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so. - Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book


525. PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.


526. "Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.” – Lemony Snicket


527. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” — Dan Millman


528. She is 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.


529. "You are so brave and quiet, I forget you are suffering.” — Ernest Hemingway


530. "Unfortunately, we force people to break the law in order to get any kind of mental health treatment.” – Pete Earley


531. “Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: It is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken.’”


532. "Being vulnerable is actually a strength and not a weakness — that’s why more and more mental health is such an important thing to 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


533. Achieving balance in life and taking time for self-care


534. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”


535. “You are the one thing in this world, above all other things, that you must never give up on. When I was in middle school, I was struggling with severe anxiety and depression and the help and support I received from my family and a therapist saved my life. Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you’ll ever know.” — Lili Reinhart


536. “Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system and this is plausible because when an individual doesn't fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good.”


537. This is not how sickness works.”


538. "Mental health affects every aspect of your life. It’s not just this neat little issue you can put into a box.” — Shannon Purser


539. "Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success or their place on the food chain. 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?” — Kristen Bell


540. "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln


541. 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.


542. Just because you cannot see the claws and the teeth


543. “Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise the awareness. Let’s let everybody know it’s OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem.” — Demi Lovato


544. "This feeling will pass. The fear is real but the danger is not.”― Cammie McGovern


545. Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.


546. “No amount of support or generosity justifies someone treating you badly. This includes parents.” — Sarah Crosby


547. “I don’t 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.’ 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


548. There is no health without mental health; mental health is too important to be left to the professionals alone, and mental health is everyone's business.


549. “Mental illness… occurs when our mental health is compromised or neglected for so long that it affects our ability to function in our everyday life.”


550. 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.


551. “…if you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication.” — Daniel Goleman


552. “Bipolar robs you of that which is you. It can take from you the very core of your being and replace it with something that is completely opposite of who and what you truly are. Because my bipolar went untreated for so long, I spent many years looking in the mirror and seeing a person I did not recognize or understand. Not only did bipolar rob me of my sanity, but it robbed me of my ability to see beyond the space it dictated me to look. I no longer could tell reality from fantasy, and I walked in a world no longer my own.”


553. "Anyone can be affected [by mental illness] despite their level of success or their place on the food chain. 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?” — Kristen Bell


554. “Being able to be your true self is one of the strongest components of good mental health.”


555. Peer programs in which people who have disclosed their conditions offer their experience and expertise to individuals and families, ranging from informal peer-led programs to peer-specialized services in health services systems


556. “Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” — Astrid Alauda


557. "I keep moving ahead, as always, knowing deep down inside that I am a good person and that I am worthy of a good life.” ― Jonathan Harnisch


558. “Increasing the strength of our minds is the only way to reduce the difficulty of life.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana


559. We owe it to ourselves to do so and help them out on their mental health journey.


560. "If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.