There are lots of mental health quotes out there.
They get turned into eye-catching graphics and shared on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, and get shared by thousands of people. It’s an easy way to commiserate with others without outwardly saying, “I need help.” It’s easier to innocently post an image that implies the way you feel. And often, it’s easier for others to share the image than it is to say, “I see you.”
Why is that, I wonder? Why can’t more people speak up and admit that they live with depression or anxiety? Why can’t they be more open with the people in their lives?
An important question to ask yourself is: does it really matter?
Does it matter HOW we get the message out?
I’m not a mental health professional, but I think these viral inspirational posts are pretty cool! It’s amazing to see people silently scream from the rooftop that they’re struggling. They can say everything they need to say, without having to say anything at all.
Here are some of my favorite quotes by well-known public figures to help inspire you to spread the word.
9 of the Best Mental Health Quotes to Inspire You and Help You Heal
Among this list are pop stars, film icons, television legends, and even a fictional wizard. They speak profoundly about the journey to better mental health, and they are worth listening to. And then sharing on social media!
Quote by Demi Lovato
“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.”
I love the point that she makes: You can live well with a mental health condition. You can have a job, and a spouse, and friends, and a dream, and that six pack, and anything you want in life. But first, you need to take the first step— Opening up to one person. That’s all it takes to get started feeling better.
Quote by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
“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.”
Depression is so isolating sometimes, it’s like we’re wearing blinders. We can’t see anything in our periphery, and often we can’t see the things right in front of us.
I’m ready for hate mail from people who say they hate hearing the phrase, “Other people have it hard too.” Often, we feel attacked by that. Like, Yes, we know, Karen.
But does that have to be a negative statement? It should be empowering! It should be understood as, “Yes, other people have it hard! I’m not as alone as I thought.” It’s all about reframing our perceptions, and realizing we are far from alone.
Quote by Sophie Turner
“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.”
If Sansa Stark can live a happy life, so can you! All kidding aside, she’s very right. There is never a time when you are a burden.
We do have to keep in mind that our illness does affect those around us. But despite that, we are still worthy of love and care and understanding from our loved ones.
A 40 hour work week is a burden. You are not.
Quote by Mr. Rogers
“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 was such a gem, and the world will never be the same without him. I love the way he breaks down our struggles here.
We are human. Therefore, our struggles are worth mentioning. And if we can talk about it, we can begin to change. Talking about scary things takes away some of their power, and it’s the same with mental illness.
If your depression is a deranged clown hiding in a sewer, speak up. Mr. Rogers says that will help!
Quote by Wentworth Miller
“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.”
If you cannot love yourself, that by no means says that you are undeserving of love from others. On the contrary, you need it most of all.
But keep in mind, while others should be understanding of your illness, the reality is they may not be. And that is okay.
Lack of understanding from loved ones does not make your illness less valid. Give them time and patience, and they may come around. In the meantime, find some ways to give yourself a little love.
Quote by Albus Dumbledore
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I’ve been through some incredibly dark times. Even since starting my mental health blog. What was I missing?
The courage to reach up and flip on the lights.
I’m not saying fixing your depression is as simple as a one second motor function such as turning on the lights. But what I am saying is, that light switch exists. Sometimes that is a great first step. Just knowing change is possible.
Quote by Keanu Reeves
“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.”
From someone who is reportedly one of the kindest people in Hollywood, and most broken, here is an awesome nugget of wisdom.
You might feel like you have nothing to offer. You feel like you’re so damaged by your depression that you are worthless, completely devoid of value.
Every person has value. If you have even the strength to give a kind smile to the person at the Starbucks counter, then you have changed the world for the better.
Quote by Lady Gaga
“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.”
YES. Lady Gaga hits the nail on the head. Setting boundaries is so important for our mental health. What does that mean exactly?
- Cutting out toxic people from your life
- Giving up harmful substances
- Not adding on more responsibility than you can handle
- Do more things that give you joy
You don’t have to do all these things at once. You can take things one step at a time. Start by hanging out with your gossipy friend a little less often. Maybe hide a few people from your news feed that post nothing but triggering news headlines. It really does help!
Quote by Kerry Washington
“I say that publicly because I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health… My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?”
Amen, Kerry! When we’re having chest pains, we call an ambulance. When our blood sugar is off we see the doctor. If we break a finger, we head to the ER. Why is our brain different?
It’s a tough pill to swallow, but when you live with depression and anxiety, your brain is broken. There are pieces of it that don’t work properly, and that’s why you feel sad a lot. But don’t worry, it’s not so broken that you cannot take steps to glue some of the pieces back together.
Remember, you are not alone.
If you are reading this, and feeling like no one understands, take comfort in this: I do. I’ve been there, and sometimes I still go there. Luckily, I now have tools to help so that it doesn’t take me as long to dig myself out of it.
What is your favorite inspirational quote or story? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to share this post if you found it helpful.
I hope these mental health quotes inspired you. Now, go out there and live your life to the fullest!
About the Author
Jen (the writer behind the blog, Diffusing the Tension) lives in Northwest Indiana with her husband and two children (ages 4.5 and 3). She has bipolar disorder and frequently writes about her experiences with that. In her spare time, she is OBSESSED with true crime. She is also a bookworm, TV junkie, and fitness nut.
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