36 Truly Inspiring Quotes for Mental Health

By: Jayson Tripp, MD


Have you ever had a day when you were feeling overwhelmed or struggling with your mental health and someone well meaning said something meant to be inspirational that hurt you instead or felt like it discounted the difficulty you were facing? If you have, you’re not alone- so we’ve put together this list of truly inspirational quotes for mental health just for you.

  1. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. -William James
  2. The best use of imagination is creativity. The worst use of imagination is anxiety. -Deepak Chopra
  3. There is hope even when your brain tells you there isn’t. -John Green
  4. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. -Maya Angelou
  5. Sometimes we’re testing not show our weaknesses but to find our strengths.
  6. Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start. -Nido Qubein
  7. You are not alone.
  8. Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does. -Unknown
  9. Mental health is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going. -Noam Spencer
  10. You are not broken, you are breaking through. -Alex Myles
  11. It’s okay not to be okay.
  12. People will forget what you say, people will forget what you do, but people will never forget how you make them feel. -Maya Angelou
  13. Do not give your past the power to define your future. -Dhiren Prajapat
  14. You are capable of creating the life you want. Be patient with yourself.
  15. Show yourself the same love, empathy, and patience you show to those around you.
  16. Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others. -J M Skinner
  17. Your focus determines your reality. -Qui Gon Jinn
  18. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all. -Bill Clinton
  19. It’s not realistic to be happy all the time, no matter what the internet says.
  20. You don’t need to be at your lowest to get help.
  21. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. -John Wooden
  22. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. -Napoleon Hill
  23. You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. -Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh
  24. Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution. -Albert Einstein
  25. Change your thoughts and you will change your world.
  26. Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to find our strengths.
  27. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. -Dalai Llama
  28. The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible. -Alice and The Looking Glass
  29. What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation. -Glenn Close
  30. Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so. -Lemony Snicket
  31. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. -Arthur Ashe
  32. Setbacks don’t equal failure. You’re allowed to set boundaries. You are more than an illness. It’s okay to rest.
  33. Healing takes time and asking for help is a courageous step. -Mariska Hargitay
  34. Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. -Fred Rogers
  35. You didn’t come this far to only come this far. -Tom Brady
  36. Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one. -Grandmother Willow

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