137 Thoughtful Quotes about Mental Health

Welcome to our collection of quotes on mental health. We hope you enjoy pondering them.

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Recovery Village List of Depression Hotlines

Depression & BiPolar Support Alliance List of Hotlines and Help Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


I really have a secret satisfaction in being considered rather mad.



Hating our bodies is something that we learn, and it sure as hell is something that we can unlearn.



We need to change the culture of this topic and make it OK to speak about mental health and suicide.



Reframing is a super power.



In a mad world, only the mad are sane.



Real depression is like a heart that doesn't pump blood to the fingers and toes.



I hated being depressed, but it was also in depression that I learned my own acreage, the full extent of my soul.



Only stepping out of old ruts will bring new insights.



What an incredible thing! How much less they had than other human beings. Mentally retarded, deaf, mute -- and still eagerly sanding benches.



When life beats you down, NEVER give up.



Somehow, like so many people who get depressed, we felt our depressions were more complicated and existentially based than they actually were.



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.



But it only takes a doubt. A drop of ink falls into a clear glass of water and clouds the whole thing. So the moment after I realised I wasn't perfectly well was the moment I realised I was still very ill indeed.



Minds are unique. They go wrong in unique ways. My mind went wrong in a slightly different way to how other minds go wrong. Our experience overlaps with other people's, but it is never exactly the same experience.



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



Talking won't change it. But sometimes it was what she wanted most, to tell someone; often, though, she just wanted to escape those horrid feelings, to escape herself, so there was no pain, no fear, no ugliness.



Frustrations come because we impose our illusions on reality.



All of our miseries are nothing but attachment.



Being the loudest on earth's playground
doesn't make us any more important than
the dirt we crush beneath our feet
we are nothing except air
and fire and water and soil.



After I was really unhappy and unhealthy, I think it dawned on me to stop doing the unhappy, unhealthy things.



As it turns out, social scientists have established only one fact about single women's mental health: employment improves it.



Sanity is a cozy lie.



I've always thought of wholeness and integration as necessary myths. We're fragmented beings who cement ourselves together, but there are always cracks. Living with the cracks is part of being, well, reasonably healthy.





I felt held hostage by her illness and by the backward mental health system that once again was incapable of helping our family in crisis.



Many of the underlying factors in poor mental health are societal.



It's absolutely crucial that we look at mental health not just through the prism of health but in a cross-cutting way.



All governments could do more on mental health.



The point of a mental health first aider is to be a champion for good mental health in the workplace, to provide a safe port-of-call for anyone wanting to talk about their mental health, and to offer signposting to available expert advice and professional services.



When the physical threat of coronavirus subsides, as it surely will, we must address the impact to our mental health.



There is no excuse for using someone's mental health as a stick with which to beat them.



Mental health really is a search to be happy, I think that's what people want in life -- and if you're happy you're winning.





What people never understand is that depression isn't about the outside; it's about the inside.

Longer Version:

What people never understand is that depression isn't about the outside; it's about the inside. Something inside me is wrong. Sure, there are things in my life that make me feel alone, but nothing makes me feel more isolated and terrified than my own voice inside my head.



Our mental health system is broken, and we should fix it.





The hidden strength is too deep a secret. But in the end...in the end it is our only ally.





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



I'm a big proponent of having a mental health component go along with whatever the physical realities are.



We are made in the image of God, and we need to put Spirit back into the equation when we want to improve our physical and our mental health.



Those with dementia are still people and they still have stories and they still have character and they're all individuals and they're all unique. And they just need to be interacted with on a human level.



Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it's critical to wellbeing.



The people of this country desperately need to engage in an open and honest debate about mental health.



There is no health without mental health.



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



You can't love somebody into a state of mental health.





The attitudes towards mental health must change.



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



Stop texting, start listening.



Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths.



The lows were absolutely horrible. It was like falling into a manhole and not being able to lift the lid and climb out.





Mental health and mental balance is critical to leading a healthy life.



Taking care of your mental and physical health is just as important as any career move or responsibility.



Laughter is an important part of healthy living.



Do all kids have to worry about their parents' mental health? The way society is set up, parents are supposed to be the grown-up ones and look after the kids, but a lot of times it's the other way around.



You have to take responsibility for your own happiness.



A desire to be in charge of our own lives, a need for control, is born in each of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control.



It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.



I have long recognized a link between fitness and mental health and I think we need to encourage young people to take part in sports and team activities because we know it has such positive results.



Real change requires a desire to change.



I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity .



Exercise is great for your mental health!



Having a sense of humor about yourself is a sign of mental health.



Balancing time you spend with or without people is crucial for mental health.



In black and brown communities especially, mental health is not normalized. No one talks about that kind of thing.



This feeling will pass. The fear is real but the danger is not.



A little whiff of a mental health issue never hurt anybody.



I lift myself from lifeless hands
and cut the tethers from my soul
until I rise, my bonds cut free,
to join the flowers that are whole.



We could not hold the burdens on our backs, so we left them in order to find our own way, revealing the world to the innocent so that they could bear their own weight.



The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not.



I am, as a father, very worried about the growing evidence of the impact of social media on children's mental health.



While the circumstances of any one situation are unique, it is clear that many families could have been helped if they had found it easier to talk openly about mental health challenges in the home.



It's so important that we figure out a way of moving beyond the stigma that still exists around treatment for mental health.





If your mind is not strong enough to face the challenges that a business may bring, it's very easy to fall in the clutches of despair and anxiety. Meditation can help you take your mental health into your own hands.



Taking care of your mental health is important, and being able to model that for queer people who are out there every day dealing with their own struggles is very significant.



I think connected to poverty is the trauma of poverty. It's not just a material thing; it's a psychological thing that we have no mental health system in this country.



We pay a lot of attention to our diet, but never to our mental health.



Unfortunately, we force people to break the law in order to get any kind of mental health treatment.



One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you we're put to the test and you didn't fall apart.





It's a lot to deal with someone who is going through mental health issues; that talk starts to take a toll on you.



Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.



Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.



It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul.



To perceive is to suffer.



Just remember that the darkest night did not turn out all the stars.



Depression is anger slowed down; panic is grief speeded up.



If you're going through hell, keep going.



I'm tired of pretending that everything's fine just so I can please everyone else.



I would never slay the dragon, because the dragon was also me.



The highest mental health is not liking myself but being joyfully interested in everything but myself.



Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.



The poisons are our principal medicines, which kill the disease and save the life.



A psychologically healthy person can, in fact, be defined as someone whose desires actually produce happiness.



Where there is a lack of rest, there is an abundance of stress.



Depression is inertia.



With every pill we have prescribed for us we should also be given a creative prayer, a suggested way to correct our destructive patterns of thought.



Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.



Things like depression and obesity are global challenges.



Your prayer must be for a sound mind in a sound body.



A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.



Happiness lies, first of all, in health.



A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.



Life is like a tree and its root is consciousness. Therefore, once we tend the root, the tree as a whole will be healthy.



The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.



Before healing others, heal yourself.



Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy and spirit you possess or takes away from it.



It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.



A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought -- they must be earned.



Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.



Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.



Numb the dark and you numb the light.



Nothing changes if nothing changes.



Make peace with your past so it won't destroy your present.



Love your future more than your past.



Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.


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