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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!

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Recovery Village List of Depression Hotlines

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quote by Matt Haig: We need, ultimately, to be able to view mental health with the same clear-headedness we show when talking about physical health. with background image: photo of author Matt Haig with quote

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

--Matt Haig
quote by Jared Padalecki: When life beats you down, NEVER give up. with background image: photo of author Jared Padalecki with quote

When life beats you down, NEVER give up.

--Jared Padalecki

quote by Rorty Witt: Reframing is a super power. with background image: Rorty Witt quote; white text on black background

Reframing is a super power.

--Rorty Witt
quote by Martin H. Fischer: 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. with background image: river between trees under blue sky
Background Photo: Eutah Mizushima

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
quote by Luke Richardson: We need to change the culture of this topic and make it OK to speak about mental health and suicide. with background image: Luke Richardson quote; white text on black background

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

--Luke Richardson
quote by Andrew Solomon: I hated being depressed, but it was also in depression that I learned my own acreage, the full extent of my soul. with background image: photo of author Andrew Solomon with quote

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

--Andrew Solomon

quote by Susan Faludi: As it turns out, social scientists have established only one fact about single women's mental health: employment improves it. with background image: photo of author Susan Faludi with quote

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

--Susan Faludi

quote by Luciana Berger: Many of the underlying factors in poor mental health are societal. with background image: photo of author Luciana Berger with quote

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

--Luciana Berger
quote by William Heath Robinson: I really have a secret satisfaction in being considered rather mad. with background image: William Heath Robinson quote; white text on black background

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

--William Heath Robinson
quote by Megan Jayne Crabbe: Hating our bodies is something that we learn, and it sure as hell is something that we can unlearn. with background image: Megan Jayne Crabbe quote; white text on black background

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

--Megan Jayne Crabbe
quote by Akira Kurosawa: In a mad world, only the mad are sane. with background image: photo of author Akira Kurosawa with quote

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

--Akira Kurosawa
quote by Andrew Solomon: Real depression is like a heart that doesn't pump blood to the fingers and toes. with background image: photo of author Andrew Solomon with quote

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

--Andrew Solomon
quote by Andy Grove: Only stepping out of old ruts will bring new insights. with background image: photo of author Andy Grove with quote

Only stepping out of old ruts will bring new insights.

--Andy Grove
quote by Daniel Keyes: What an incredible thing! How much less they had than other human beings. Mentally retarded, deaf, mute -- and still eagerly sanding benches. with background image: photo of author Daniel Keyes with quote

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

--Daniel Keyes
quote by Kay Redfield Jamison: Somehow, like so many people who get depressed, we felt our depressions were more complicated and existentially based than they actually were. with background image: photo of author Kay Redfield Jamison with quote

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
quote by Osho: Frustrations come because we impose our illusions on reality. with background image: Osho quote; white text on black background

Frustrations come because we impose our illusions on reality.

--Osho
quote by Osho: All of our miseries are nothing but attachment. with background image: Osho quote; white text on black background

All of our miseries are nothing but attachment.

--Osho
quote by Rupi Kaur: 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. with background image: photo of author Rupi Kaur with quote

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
quote by Susan Sontag: Sanity is a cozy lie. with background image: photo of author Susan Sontag with quote

Sanity is a cozy lie.

--Susan Sontag


quote by Mira Bartok: 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. with background image: brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime
Background Photo: Ian Merzwinski

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
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Luciana Berger with quote

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
quote by Luciana Berger: All governments could do more on mental health. with background image: photo of author Luciana Berger with quote

All governments could do more on mental health.

--Luciana Berger

quote by Luciana Berger: When the physical threat of coronavirus subsides, as it surely will, we must address the impact to our mental health. with background image: photo of author Luciana Berger with quote

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

--Luciana Berger
quote by Luciana Berger: There is no excuse for using someone's mental health as a stick with which to beat them. with background image: photo of author Luciana Berger with quote

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

--Luciana Berger
quote by Konnie Huq: 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. with background image: photo of author Konnie Huq with quote

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

quote by Jasmine Warga: What people never understand is that depression isn't about the outside; it's about the inside. with background image: photo of author Jasmine Warga with quote

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.


quote by Chris Murphy: Our mental health system is broken, and we should fix it. with background image: photo of author Chris Murphy with quote

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

--Chris Murphy

quote by Joanne Greenberg: The hidden strength is too deep a secret. But in the end...in the end it is our only ally. with background image: silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky
Background Photo: Vincent Chin

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

--Joanne Greenberg

quote by Adam Ant: Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It's the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with. with background image: photo of author Adam Ant with quote

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

--Adam Ant
quote by Alan Thicke: I'm a big proponent of having a mental health component go along with whatever the physical realities are. with background image: photo of author Alan Thicke with quote

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

--Alan Thicke
quote by Bruce H. Lipton: 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. with background image: brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime
Background Photo: Ian Merzwinski

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

quote by Diane Abbott: Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it's critical to wellbeing. with background image: leafless tree on body of water during daytime
Background Photo: Jack B

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

--Diane Abbott
quote by David Satcher: The people of this country desperately need to engage in an open and honest debate about mental health. with background image: photo of author David Satcher with quote

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

--David Satcher
quote by David Satcher: There is no health without mental health. with background image: photo of author David Satcher with quote

There is no health without mental health.

--David Satcher
quote by Gail Porter: Exercise keeps me occupied, which is good for my mental health. with background image: photo of author Gail Porter with quote

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

--Gail Porter
quote by Harold Ramis: You can't love somebody into a state of mental health. with background image: photo of author Harold Ramis with quote

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

--Harold Ramis

quote by Kate Middleton: The attitudes towards mental health must change. with background image: photo of author Kate Middleton with quote

The attitudes towards mental health must change.

--Kate Middleton
quote by Kate Middleton: Change the way we all talk to each other about our mental health. with background image: photo of author Kate Middleton with quote

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

--Kate Middleton
quote by Lisa Ling: Stop texting, start listening. with background image: photo of author Lisa Ling with quote

Stop texting, start listening.

--Lisa Ling
quote by Moliere: Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths. with background image: Moliere quote; white text on black background

Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths.

--Moliere
quote by Linda Hamilton: The lows were absolutely horrible. It was like falling into a manhole and not being able to lift the lid and climb out. with background image: photo of author Linda Hamilton with quote

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

quote by Mariel Hemingway: Mental health and mental balance is critical to leading a healthy life. with background image: photo of author Mariel Hemingway with quote

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

--Mariel Hemingway
quote by Matthew Moy: Laughter is an important part of healthy living. with background image: clear liquid on leaf
Background Photo: Demi Kwant

Laughter is an important part of healthy living.

--Matthew Moy

quote by Reese Witherspoon: You have to take responsibility for your own happiness. with background image: photo of author Reese Witherspoon with quote

You have to take responsibility for your own happiness.

--Reese Witherspoon
quote by Robert Foster Bennett: 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. with background image: photo of author Robert Foster Bennett with quote

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
quote by Seneca: It is part of the cure to wish to be cured. with background image: close-up photo of pink flower
Background Photo: Ricardo Gomez Angel

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

--Seneca
quote by Tipper Gore: 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. with background image: photo of author Tipper Gore with quote

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
quote by Gabby Bernstein: Real change requires a desire to change. with background image: photo of brown wood slab
Background Photo: Joel & Jasmin Førestbird

Real change requires a desire to change.

--Gabby Bernstein
quote by Edgar Allen Poe: I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity . with background image: Edgar Allen Poe quote; white text on black background

I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity .

--Edgar Allen Poe
quote by Stella Maxwell: Exercise is great for your mental health! with background image: photo of author Stella Maxwell with quote

Exercise is great for your mental health!

--Stella Maxwell
quote by Jedediah Bila: Having a sense of humor about yourself is a sign of mental health. with background image: photo of author Jedediah Bila with quote

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

--Jedediah Bila
quote by Amy E. Spiegel: Balancing time you spend with or without people is crucial for mental health. with background image: woman standing on forest
Background Photo: Tobias Hort-Giess

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

--Amy E. Spiegel
quote by Lexi Underwood: In black and brown communities especially, mental health is not normalized. No one talks about that kind of thing. with background image: green trees under white sky during daytime
Background Photo: Nin Duletin

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

--Lexi Underwood
quote by Cammie McGovern: This feeling will pass. The fear is real but the danger is not. with background image: elephant play with brown sand
Background Photo: Alan J. Hendry

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

--Cammie McGovern

quote by Nathaniel Luscombe: 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. with background image: Nathaniel Luscombe quote; white text on black background

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

quote by Elyn R. Saks: The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not. with background image: person standing on top of mountain
Background Photo: Alessandro Erbetta

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

--Elyn R. Saks
quote by Matt Hancock: I am, as a father, very worried about the growing evidence of the impact of social media on children's mental health. with background image: photo of author Matt Hancock with quote

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

--Matt Hancock

quote by Tina Smith: It's so important that we figure out a way of moving beyond the stigma that still exists around treatment for mental health. with background image: photo of author Tina Smith with quote

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




quote by Neha Pendse: We pay a lot of attention to our diet, but never to our mental health. with background image: photo of author Neha Pendse with quote

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

--Neha Pendse
quote by Pete Earley: Unfortunately, we force people to break the law in order to get any kind of mental health treatment. with background image: photo of author Pete Earley with quote

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

--Pete Earley
quote by Linda Poindexter: 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. with background image: photo of author Linda Poindexter with quote

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

quote by Shibani Dandekar: It's a lot to deal with someone who is going through mental health issues; that talk starts to take a toll on you. with background image: photo of author Shibani Dandekar with quote

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
quote by Dorothy M. Neddermeyer: Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it. with background image: Dorothy M. Neddermeyer quote; white text on black background

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

--Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
quote by Philip K. Dick: Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night. with background image: photo of author Philip K. Dick with quote

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

--Philip K. Dick
quote by William Styron: It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. with background image: photo of author William Styron with quote

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

--William Styron
quote by Aristotle: To perceive is to suffer. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

To perceive is to suffer.

--Aristotle
quote by Louis Mann: Just remember that the darkest night did not turn out all the stars. with background image: mountains under starry sky during nighttime
Background Photo: Yusuf Evli

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

--Louis Mann
quote by Ann-Marie MacDonald: Depression is anger slowed down; panic is grief speeded up. with background image: purple flower field during daytime
Background Photo: Lucas Gao

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

--Ann-Marie MacDonald
quote by Winston Churchill: If you're going through hell, keep going. with background image: photo of author Winston Churchill with quote

If you're going through hell, keep going.

--Winston Churchill
quote by Spencer Tracy: I'm tired of pretending that everything's fine just so I can please everyone else. with background image: photo of author Spencer Tracy with quote

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

--Spencer Tracy
quote by John Green: I would never slay the dragon, because the dragon was also me. with background image: green forest during daytime
Background Photo: Rural Explorer

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

--John Green
quote by John Piper: The highest mental health is not liking myself but being joyfully interested in everything but myself. with background image: selective photography of green leaf plant
Background Photo: Matthew Smith

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

--John Piper
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Nothing is so much to be feared as fear. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The poisons are our principal medicines, which kill the disease and save the life. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Lysa TerKeurst: Where there is a lack of rest, there is an abundance of stress. with background image: flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime
Background Photo: Gidon Wessner

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

--Lysa TerKeurst
quote by Wayne W. Dyer: Depression is inertia. with background image: tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky
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Depression is inertia.

--Wayne W. Dyer
quote by Ernest Holmes: 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. with background image: photo of author Ernest Holmes with quote

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
quote by Joseph Addison: Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other. with background image: photo of author Joseph Addison with quote

Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.

--Joseph Addison
quote by Jane McGonigal: Things like depression and obesity are global challenges. with background image: photo of author Jane McGonigal with quote

Things like depression and obesity are global challenges.

--Jane McGonigal
a man holds his head while sitting on a sofa

We wish you a perfectly healthy and happy day!