Quotes on Mental Health Inspiration: When you are struggling with a mental health disorder, it is easy to feel as though you are all alone. It can feel as though no one understands what you are going through—and it can feel as if there is no place to turn for help and for hope.
But the reality is that mental health issues are common. That does not mean they are easy to deal with, but it does mean that you do not have to feel as though you are the only person experiencing difficulties in your life. Just keeping that in mind can make the burden a little lighter.
We have collected here some quotes from a range of folks from a variety of walks of life who can attest that sometimes things are hard—and that you have the wherewithal to make it through those hard times.
Messages from Mr. Rogers
There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth. — Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers was best known as “Mr. Rogers”—and his long-running public television show taught generations of kids (perhaps you were among them) that experiencing difficulties and challenging emotions was completely okay. Testifying to the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Rogers said:
This is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child, to help him realize that he is unique… I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health.
Two Popular Authors, Two Takes on Mental Health
There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t. — John Green
John Green is perhaps best known for his YA novel The Fault in Our Stars, but he is engaged in many projects that reveal his passion for making the world a better, kinder place. He is open about his own mental health challenges, and the quote above is an important reminder that these disorders can hide hope from us. That is why it is so important to remember that hope is, in fact, always present.
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. — Matt Haig
Matt Haig, whose 2020 novel The Midnight Library was a bestseller, published his memoir Reasons to Stay Alive in 2015. In that book, he explores his own challenges with depression and anxiety. The quote we share above is the perfect reminder that no one is defined by a mental health disorder they are experiencing.
A Couple of Royal Pronouncements on Mental Health
We just need to be kinder to ourselves. If we treated ourselves the way we treated our best friend, can you imagine how much better off we would be? — Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
We all have mental health in the same way that we all have physical health. It’s okay to have depression, it’s okay to have anxiety, it’s okay to have an adjustment disorder. – Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Harry and Meghan are among the most famous couples on the planet—and they use their platform to remind everyone that mental health is an important part of all of our lives. Treating yourself with kindness and getting treatment for mental health disorders the same way you would for an issue with your physical health are essential strategies for improving your overall well-being.
An Actor, a Singer, and a Comedian Weigh In
I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health… My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. —Kerry Washington
I think the more people vocalize what they’re going through—their experience or just simply educating themselves so that they can learn more about what they’re talking about—that’s going to be the key to creating a conversation about mental illness and making it more understood. — Demi Lovato
The tough times, the days when you’re just a ball on the floor—they’ll pass. You’re playing the long game, and life is totally worth it. – Sarah Silverman
Sometimes it can seem like the lives of celebrities must be all sparkle and glitter all of the time. But even the biggest stars—like actress Kerry Washington, music star Demi Lovato, and comedian Sarah Silverman—struggle with mental health issues. We agree that mental illness should not be stigmatized, that more conversations about mental health are needed, and that remembering that tough times will pass is so very important when you are facing difficulties.
Here’s What We Say: We Are Here to Help
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, a disorder grounded in trauma, or another mental health issue, the team at Peak View Behavioral Health is ready and able to help. We provide personalized, evidence-based treatment to address your specific needs. At our beautiful Colorado Springs facility, we can help you improve your mental health and maintain those improvements over time.