The health and wellness of our awe-inspiring minds have a tremendous impact on our overall well-being. So, taking care of our minds, attempting to understand why we feel the way we do, and being kind and empathetic when we don't, should have been the norm.
Reading these mental health quotes will make you realize that the mental struggles we face as humans, are, in fact, universal.
However, there is still a lot of shame and stigma attached to conversations surrounding mental health. Many people still consider it taboo.
Let us look closer home. How often do we, as HR managers, employers, and business leaders, stop to consider the mental well-being of our employees before labeling them as not performing upto their potential?
Are your employees suffering from workplace stress?
What could be the reason for their anxiety?
Are we supportive of employees who suffer from depression?
Do conversations about employee health include their mental health as well?
It is never too late to ponder the importance of mental health and take action towards improving it.
Let us begin by reading these 101 thought-provoking and insightful quotes on mental health and the universal human experience that lies at the core of its vast spectrum.
101 Mental Health Quotes to Inspire You
"What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation." – Glenn Close.
"Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so." – Lemony Snicket.
"Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you’re going." – Noam Shpance.
"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.
"If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don't exist, then maybe we'll leave the world a better place than we found it." – Russell Wilson.
"Some of the most comforting words in the universe are 'me too.' That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else's struggle, that you're not alone, and that others have been down the same road." – Unknown.
"The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about." – Unknown.
"Don't let your struggle become your identity." – Unknown.
"Sometimes, the people around you won't understand your journey. They don't need to. It's not for them." - Joubert Botha.
"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." - Linda Poindexter.
"I cannot stand the words "Get over it." All of us are under such pressure to put our problems in the past tense. Slow down. Don’t allow others to hurry your healing. It is a process, one that may take years, occasionally, even a lifetime – and that's OK." - Beau Taplin.
"You don't have to be positive all the time. It's perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared, and anxious. Having feelings doesn't make you a negative person. It makes you human." - Lori Deschene.
"Nobody can save you but yourself, and you're worth saving. It's a war not easily won, but if anything is worth winning then this is it." - Charles Bukowski.
"Sometimes self-care is exercise and eating right. Sometimes it's spending time with loved ones or taking a nap. And sometimes, it's watching an entire season of TV in one weekend while you lounge around in your pajamas. Whatever soothes your soul." - Nanea Hoffman.
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
"Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step." - Mariska Hargitay.
"Give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up! Everyone makes mistakes, has setbacks and failures. You don't come with a book on how to get it right all the time. You will fail sometimes, not because you planned to, but simply because you're human. Failure is a part of creating a great life." - Les Brown.
"The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire; you are the fire." - Mama Indigo.
"Often it's the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self." - Karen Salmansohn.
"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." — Demi Lovato.
"There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't." ― John Green.
"The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not" ― Elyn R. Saks.
"Life doesn't make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all." — Erik Erikson.
"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, importantly, YOU ARE NOT THE RAIN." — Matt Haig.
"If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken." — Selena Gomez.
"Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you'll ever know." — Lili Rhinehart.
"This feeling will pass. The fear is real, but the danger is not." ― Cammie McGovern.
"But no matter how much evil I see, I think it's important for everyone to understand that there is much more light than darkness." ― Robert Uttaro.
"Tough times never last, but tough people do!" — Robert Schuller.
"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light." — Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
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"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." ― Leonard Cohen.
"Increasing the strength of our minds is the only way to reduce the difficulty of life." ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana.
"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." — Charles Bukowski.
"Promise me you'll always remember — you're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." — Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh.
"If you're going through hell, keep going." — Winston Churchill.
"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." — Keanu Reeves.
"Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It's the final taboo, and it needs to be faced and dealt with." — Adam Ant.
"Being vulnerable is actually a strength and not a weakness — that's why more and more mental health is such an important thing to talk about. It's the same as being physically sick. And when you keep all those things inside when you bottle them up, it makes you ill." — Cara Delevingne.
"What I love about therapy is that they'll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that's uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with." — Pink.
"You don't need to find a lesson in your trauma." — Jordan Pickell, MCP RCC.
"Being able to be your true self is one of the strongest components of good mental health." — Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy.
"Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn't mean you can, should, or need to do it alone." — Lisa Olivera.
"Two things can be true. You can love your family and have deep wounds as a result of your family experiences." — Nedra Glover Tawwab.
"'Positive vibes only' isn't a thing. Humans have a wide range of emotions, and that's OK." — Molly Bahr, LMHC.
"Change what you can, manage what you can't." ― Raymond McCauley.
"The acknowledgment of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in mental health." ― Stefan Molyneux.
"I knew well enough that one could fracture one's legs and arms and recover afterward, but I did not know that you could fracture the brain in your head and recover from that too." ― Vincent van Gogh.
"We are not our trauma. We are not our brain chemistry. That's part of who we are, but we're so much more than that." ― Sam J. Miller.
"What people never understand is that depression isn't about the outside; it's about the inside." ― Jasmine Warga.
"There's nothing worse than being fake happy." — Miley Cyrus.
"There is so much pain in the world, and most of these people keep their secret, rolling through agonizing lives in invisible wheelchairs, dressed in invisible body casts." ― Andrew Solomon.
"If you know someone who's depressed, please resolve to never ask them why. Depression isn't a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they're going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It's hard to be a friend to someone who's depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do." — Stephen Fry.
"Feeling your feelings will not lead to depression." — Jordan Pickell, MCP RCC.
"…if you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication." — Daniel Goleman.
"It's possible to live well, feel well, and also find happiness with bipolar disorder or any other mental illness you're struggling with." — Demi Lovato.
"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." — Julian Seifter.
"Life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness, and the black show sadness. But as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also create music." — Ehssan.
"Don't let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries." — Astrid Alauda.
"Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment." — Grenville Kleiser.
"Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action." — Walter Anderson.
"My anxiety doesn't come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it." — Hugh Prather.
"No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past." — Karen Salmansohn.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate." — Carl Jung.
"Start listening to the way you talk to yourself. These interactions will tell you how well you know yourself, how much you respect yourself, and what boundaries you are lacking." — Sara Kuburic.
"The gentlest reminder: You might not need to read another self-help book, attend another training, or bookmark another Instagram post as much as you need to listen to, trust, and practice what you already know. What if the answer you're looking for is actually within you already?" — Lisa Olivera.
"Deep breathing is our nervous system's love language." — Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy.
"Don't believe everything you think." — Unknown.
"You don't have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you." — Dan Millman.
"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." – Plutarch.
"It's up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind." – Unknown.
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"It's okay to feel unstable. It's okay to disassociate. It's okay to hide from the world. It's okay to need help. It's okay not to be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure." - Unknown.
"Mental illness is like fighting a war where the enemy's strategy is to convince you that the war isn't actually happening." - Unknown.
"Maybe we all have darkness inside of us, and some of us are better at dealing with it than others." ― Jasmine Warga.
"There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet." ― Matt Haig.
"To think too much is a disease." ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
"If there is a single definition of healing, it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay." ― Stephen Levine.
"Everybody knows there is no such thing as normal. There is no black-and-white definition of normal. Normal is subjective. There’s only a messy, inconsistent, silly, hopeful version of how we feel most at home in our lives." ― Tori Spelling.
"I've run my whole life – for more than exercise, for mental health." – Wendelin Van Draanen.
"It is not the the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind." ― Aisha Mirza.
"My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it." – Emery Lord.
"Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness." – Louise Hart.
"Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it's critical to well-being." – Diane Abbott.
"Self-esteem is not a luxury; it is a profound spiritual need." ― Nathaniel Branden.
"..balancing time you spend with or without people is crucial for mental health." ― Amy E. Spiegel.
"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people." – Carl Jung.
"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." — Amy March.
"The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die." ― Juliette Lewis.
"I keep moving ahead, as always, knowing deep down inside that I am a good person and that I am worthy of a good life." ― Jonathan Harnisch.
"Hope, hope, hope. It has to be there. Rob the person of hope, and there won't be any recovery." – Dan Fisher.
"Living with anxiety, turning up, and doing stuff with anxiety takes a strength most people will never know." ― Matt Haig.
"Mental health is an important topic and should be discussed more frequently. It's not "attention-seeking." ― Brien Blatt.
"Is stress inflicted on you — or created by you?"― Frank Sonnenberg.
"There is a point where courage becomes a symptom of mental illness." ― Wayne Gerard Trotman.
"Through the vehicle of our emotions, our mind, body, and spirit are sending signals that something has to shift." ― Randy Taran.
"It's okay to not be okay – it means that your mind is trying to heal itself." ― Abhijit Naskar.
"True suffering is being trapped in your own head." ― Adam Snowflake.
"Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed." – Dale Carnegie.
"Do not just slay your demons; dissect them and find what they've been feeding on." – Anonymous.
"No one would ever say that someone with a broken arm or a broken leg is less than a whole person, but people say that all the time about people with mental illness." — Elyn R. Saks.
"There is no health without mental health; mental health is too important to be left to the professionals alone, and mental health is everyone's business." — Vikram Patel.
"A healthy outside starts from the inside." - Robert Urich.