25 Quotes About Mental Health & Mental Illness To Help You Feel Less Alone In Your Struggle

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Mental health is a hushed topic in our society. Mental health and mental illness is commonly overlooked in the health world, as many don't consider these unseen issues an actual health problem.

The mental health stigma is a serious problem, and people suffering from mental illness often aren't given the same quality care.

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One would not tell someone who has high blood pressure that it's just in their head and they need to get over it, so why would we tell someone who has a very real mental health issue that it's all in their head and they need to get over it? It's wrong. Ignoring serious mental health issues is like telling a patient who suffers from crippling anxiety and chronic depression to "deal with it". 

Ignoring the problem not only hurts us, but it also discredits our feelings, making us feel more vulnerable, insignificant and can cause us to hide the symptoms of serious mental illnesses. 

When people don't take others' mental health issues seriously and minimalize their recovery by telling them that "life is hard" and to "get over it", it makes the person suffering feel alone and scared to express themselves in the future, and they avoid telling people when they really need help.

It's easier to put on a face and hide it. Because if you appear fine, you are fine, right? But it is exhausting.

Some days it's easier to hide inside and stay away from others because it takes too much strength you don't have to make yourself the presentable person everyone knows. And when you realize that your mask is slipping, then people start to notice, but this is when you are "fine".

It's easier to hide behind "I'm fine" than to actually let anyone in.

Mental health and mental illnesses are real, tangible problems that need to be treated in a healthy way. If you are facing mental health problems, know you are not alone. Look to our collection of the best mental health quotes about mental illness to help you understand that you're never alone in your struggle, that there are resources available to help you when you need it most, and that there are people out there fighting to make the stigma disappear.

1. When pretending becomes who you are.

"The only thing more exhausting than having a mental illness is pretending like you don't."Unknown

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2. You should let others in.

"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."Steve Aitchison

3. I'm fine.

"I hide all my Scars with an 'I'm fine.'"Unknown

4. Don't underestimate what someone else is going through.

"Never underestimate the pain of a person, because in all honesty, everyone is struggling. Just some people are better at hiding it than others." Unknown

5. Sometimes it's hard to remember.

"You are so brave and quiet, I forget you are suffering." Ernest Hemingway

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6. Hiding can be exhausting.

"I am tired of acting as though I have something to hide."Kay Redfield Jamison

7. When you have to hide behind a smile.

"Beautiful fake smile. All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are."Robin Williams

8. Mental illness needs to be something that everyone can feel comfortable talking about.

"I think it's really important to de-stigmatize mental illness in any form. I think there's a lot of people that are carrying around guilt and shame and baggage for sh** that doesn't matter. Everybody is going through something, everybody has had something that they've had to overcome."Mary Lambert

9. Of course, it's not in your head.

"I had people saying 'It's all in your head.' Do you honestly think I want to feel this way?" Sonia Estrada

10. It's OK to not be OK.

"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

11. When you keep parts of yourself hidden away.

"She was like the moon ... part of her was always hidden."Unknown

12. You don't want to be a burden.

"A diagnosis is burden enough without being burdened by secrecy and shame." Jane Pauley

13. Trying to be strong is harder than you think.

"I'm exhausted from trying to be stronger than I feel." Unknown

14. You sometimes just need to know everything is OK for you to be able to relax.

"Health does not always come from medicine. Most of the time, it comes from peace of mind, peace in the heart, peace in the soul. It comes from laughter and love."Unknown

15. You sometimes cannot guess someone is struggling.

"All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are." Unknown

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16. You are not your illness.

"Don't let your struggle become your identity."Unknown

17. It's hard to go all day pretending.

"Pretending is draining, especially when you do it for 8 to 10 hours a day." Amy Marlow

18. When you sleep, you don't have to put on a face.

"My only relief is sleep. When I am asleep, I am not sad, I am not angry, I am not lonely, I am nothing."Unknown

19. Sometimes it's easier to make others happy.

"I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it's like to feel absolutely worthless."Robin Williams

20. We need to take care of mental health like everything else.

"We take care of our dental health. We don't take care of our mental health ... I think the solution to making this world better is if we would just be healthy mentally."Howie Mandel

21. You have to love yourself.

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." Oscar Wilde

22. Some hide better than others.

"I think that we're all mentally ill. Those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better — and maybe not all that much better after all."Stephen King

23. Sometimes you lose all your reason to fight.

"When there's nothing left inside, there's still a reason to fight."Unknown

24. You aren't less than a person when you have a mental illness.

"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

25. You have your own story.

"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

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Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.