The Huff Post wrote, ” Only 25 percent of people with mental health issues feel that people are caring and sympathetic toward their struggles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” They stated that sufferers of mental illness feel isolated and hopeless due to a lack of understanding from other people.
Those who have never struggled with mental illness often criticize, judge harshly, misunderstand, and treat poorly those who struggle with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, etc.
By educating yourself on what mental illness is, how it affects those who struggle with it and recognizing the prevalence of mental illness, you will be able to better understand, have greater empathy, and support others who struggle with mental illness.
14 Quotes that describe mental Illness
Mental strength is not the same as mental health. Just like someone with diabetes could still be physically strong, someone with depression can still be mentally strong. Many people with mental health issues are incredibly mentally strong. Anyone can make choices to build mental strength, regardless of whether they have a mental health issue. – Amy Morin
“Sometimes, mental illness is terrifying because you feel like you’ve lost control of your mind and nothing makes sense. It’s like watching yourself on autopilot and having little to no control.” – Author Unknown
You know when you’re in a bad dream and you’re trying to run, punch, kick, or scream, and your body just won’t move? You open your mouth and nothing comes out. You feel frozen or in slow motion, and no matter how hard you try to fight it, nothing changes. That’s how it feels to battle mental illness – Evyenia
“She is a beautiful piece of broken pottery, put back together by her own hands. And a critical world judges her cracks while missing the beauty of how she made herself whole again.”– J.M. Storm
”Don’t tell someone to get over it; help them to get through it.” Author Unknown
Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.” – Lemony Snicket
“We are all looking for places to put our pain.” – Author Unknown
And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself because I could find no language to describe them in.”– Jane Austen
“People who die by suicide don’t want to end their lives, they want to end their pain. I appreciate people who are patient with me while I am distant and trying to figure things out.”
“Not all scars show. Not all wounds heal. Sometimes you can’t see the pain someone feels.”
“Recovery is not one and done. It is a lifelong journey that takes place one day, one step at a time.” – Author Unknown
”When I make a mistake, I know it. I feel it. I tear myself apart. I lose sleep. I don’t stop thinking about it. So when I say I’m sorry, know that I mean it. I’m my own toughest critic.” – Author Unknown
“I’m not faking being sick. I’m actually faking being well.” – Author Unknown
“Nothing in this world can torment you as much as your own thoughts.” – Author Unknown
5 quotes on Fighting mental health Stigma
The only way to get more people reaching out for help when they are struggling is to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness. As long as the stigma persists, people will feel ashamed, embarrassed, and will continue to struggle in silence.
So how do we break down the stigma surrounding mental health? Here are five quotes describing how to start.
” We need to learn to identify the signs of mental health issues. We need to have the courage to reach out and have tough conversations with our friends and family members- and get help ourselves when we need it.” – Michelle Obama
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all. – Bill Clinton
We need to change the culture of this topic and make it OK to speak about mental health and suicide.- Luke Richardson
“We know that mental illness is not something that happens to other people. It touches us all. Why then is mental illness met with so much misunderstanding and fear?” – Tipper Gore
“When it comes to mental health conditions, we often treat them differently from other diseases like cancer, diabetes or asthma. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.” – Michelle Obama
11 quotes For those with Mental Illness
Facing mental illness can be challenging and can make you feel alone. If you are struggling with mental illness here are 11 quotes for you.
“Healing isn’t about changing who you are; it’s about changing your relationship to who you are. A fundamental part of that is honoring how you feel.” -Suzanne Heyn
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Khalil Gibran
“You can’t fix yourself out of a mental health issue. You can’t wake up and say, ‘Today I’m not being depressed!’ It’s a process to get well, but there is recovery. ” -Margaret Trudeau
“To that one soul reading this: I know you’re tired, you’re fed up, you’re close to breaking, but there’s a strength within you, even when you feel weak. Keep fighting.” – Author Unknown
“Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.” – Steven Aitchison
“Love all the hurt, traumatized, and abandoned parts of yourself. Honoring al of you gives your wholeness a voice.” – Author Unknown
“Turn your demons into art, your shadow into a friend, your fear into fuel, your failures into teachers, your weaknesses into reasons to keep fighting. Don’t waste your pain. Recycle your heart. ” – Andrea Balt
“Your mental health is more important than the test, the interview, the lunch date, the meeting, the family dinner, and the grocery-run. Take care of yourself.” – Author Unknown
“None of your scars make you less worthy or lovable.” Author Unknown
“Friendly reminder that doing your best does not mean working yourself to the point of a mental breakdown.” – Author Unknown
“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.” Author Unknown