Mental Health Quotes To Inspire and Keep the Conversation Going

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May is Mental Health Awareness month and a good time to talk about taking care of our mental health. Doing so is arguably one of the most important investments any of us can make in our lifetime, which is why it’s crucial that we keep the conversation going, and learn what verbiage can help us — and others — do so. 

Sharing our own mental health journey — which includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being — with others can drastically change how people process their own feelings and even help them figure out a way to handle them. It also makes people feel seen and less alone — which isn’t insignificant considering just how many people grapple with mental health issues.

A study conducted by Harvard Medical School, as reported in the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says that “26% of adults in the United States have an anxiety, mood, impulse control, or substance disorder in a given year.” That means if four people were in a room, at least one would statistically have a mental health condition.

Managing our mental health isn’t always easy, but taking the time to nurture it can help in a myriad of ways. It can improve our mood, help us think more clearly, give us inner peace, and increase our self esteem.

“Our mental health is something that impacts our eating and sleeping habits and has a lot to do with our physical health as well. It is important to address our mental health needs, or oftentimes we will feel the impact of it in other areas of our health as well,” said Talkspace therapist Bisma Anwar, LMHC on the brand’s website.

In case you’re having a day when you can’t talk to a friend or a licensed therapist, we’ve gathered some inspirational mental health quotes to provide encouragement, comfort, and to remind you that you’re not alone.

1Charles Bukowski

 “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.”

2Linda Poindexter

“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.” 

3Matt Haig

“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.”

4Julian Seifter

“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.” 

5John Green

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

6Winston Churchill

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

7Glenn Close

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” 

8Nido Qubein

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

9Paulo Coehlo

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

10Leonard Cohen

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” 

11Kate Middleton

 “I feel strongly that young people and parents need to know that they can ask for help. Just as with physical health, we need to act early to provide support when a child is faced with emotional difficulties.”

12Dan Millman

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

13Charlotte Eriksson

 “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.” 

Tags: Communication, Mental Health, wellness

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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