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

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression or having thoughts of self-harm, you absolutely should seek professional help!

Some depression resources where you can get help:

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.

--William Heath Robinson

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

--Megan Jayne Crabbe

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

--Luke Richardson

Reframing is a super power.

--Rorty Witt

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

--Akira Kurosawa

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

--Andrew Solomon

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

--Andrew Solomon

Only stepping out of old ruts will bring new insights.

--Andy Grove

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

--Daniel Keyes

When life beats you down, NEVER give up.

--Jared Padalecki

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

--Kay Redfield Jamison

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

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.

--Matt Haig

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.

--Matt Haig

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

--Matt Haig

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.

--Melissa Marr

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.

--Rupi Kaur

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

--Sharon Stone

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

--Susan Faludi

Sanity is a cozy lie.

--Susan Sontag

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.

--Siri Hustvedt

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.

--Mira Bartok

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

--Luciana Berger

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

--Luciana Berger

All governments could do more on mental health.

--Luciana Berger

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.

--Luciana Berger

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

--Luciana Berger

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

--Luciana Berger

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.

--Konnie Huq

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

--Jasmine Warga

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.

--Chris Murphy

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

--Joanne Greenberg

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

--Adam Ant

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

--Alan Thicke

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.

--Bruce H. Lipton

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.

--Carey Mulligan

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

--Diane Abbott

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

--David Satcher

There is no health without mental health.

--David Satcher

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

--Gail Porter

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

--Harold Ramis

The attitudes towards mental health must change.

--Kate Middleton

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

--Kate Middleton

Stop texting, start listening.

--Lisa Ling

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.

--Linda Hamilton

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

--Mariel Hemingway

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

--Mireille Guiliano

Laughter is an important part of healthy living.

--Matthew Moy

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.

--Ruth Ozeki

You have to take responsibility for your own happiness.

--Reese Witherspoon

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.

--Robert Foster Bennett

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.

--Tipper Gore

Real change requires a desire to change.

--Gabby Bernstein

I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity .

--Edgar Allen Poe

Exercise is great for your mental health!

--Stella Maxwell

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

--Jedediah Bila

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

--Amy E. Spiegel

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

--Lexi Underwood

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

--Cammie McGovern

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

--Drew Pinsky

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.

--Nathaniel Luscombe

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.

--Nathaniel Luscombe

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

--Elyn R. Saks

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

--Matt Hancock

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.

--David Lidington

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

--Tina Smith

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.

--Pooja Agnihotri

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.

--Sasha Velour

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.

--Eric Garcetti

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

--Neha Pendse

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

--Pete Earley

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.

--Linda Poindexter

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

--Shibani Dandekar

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

--Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

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

--Philip K. Dick

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

--William Styron

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

--Louis Mann

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

--Ann-Marie MacDonald

If you're going through hell, keep going.

--Winston Churchill

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

--Spencer Tracy

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

--John Green

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

--John Piper

Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

--Henry David Thoreau

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

--Deepak Chopra

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

--Lysa TerKeurst

Depression is inertia.

--Wayne W. Dyer

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.

--Ernest Holmes

Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.

--Joseph Addison

Things like depression and obesity are global challenges.

--Jane McGonigal

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