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75 Empowering Mental Health Quotes to Spice Up Your 2023 Vision Board

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There are an endless number of mental health quotes floating around the internet today in 2023. Just a quick search on Google, Bing, Yahoo, or any other search engine can provide thousands, if not millions, of results.

Are you browsing for captions to add to an Instagram or Facebook post that feels the most relevant? Or, are you looking for a quote to pin, glue, tape, or post to your vision board that inspires better mental health and more positive perspectives in 2023? Some may be looking for a mental health quote that speaks to exactly how they are feeling in this moment.

Whatever mental health, self-help, personal development, inspirational, or relevant quote speaks to you from this list, be sure to share this post so others can browse our unique collection of the most relevant mental health/mental illness quotes in 2023!


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The mental health quotes listed below will be divided into categories. Here are the following categories covered in this article:

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75 Best Mental Health & Mental Illness Quotes

for Instagram Captions & 2023 Vision Boards

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Inspiring and Motivational Mental Health Quotes

“My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.”

- Emery Lord

“Being able to be your true self is one of the strongest components of good mental health.”

- Lauren Fogel Mersy

“Consequently, actions that successfully improve the overall mental health of the population are likely to be accompanied by other important benefits to society.”

- Elliott Goldner, Emily Jenkins, & Dan Bilsker

“Slow, deep breathing is important… It’s like an anchor in the midst of an emotional storm: the anchor won’t get rid of the storm, but it will hold you steady until it passes.”

- Russ Harris

“We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken.”

- John Green

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“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

- Louisa May Alcott

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

- J. K. Rowling

“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

“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether.”

- Stephanie Garber

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

“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

"Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.”

- Noam Shpancer

“There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.”

- Matt Haig

“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.”

- Dale Carnegie

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“You are stronger than you know. In the depths of despair, you find your true strength within.”

- Asad Meah

“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

“Do not just slay your demons; dissect them and find what they’ve been feeding on.”

- Anonymous

“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.”

- Ovid

“Being able to be your true self is one of the strongest components of good mental health.”

- Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy

“You don’t start with courage and then face fear. You become courageous because you face your fear.”

- Laura Davis

“You have survived everything you have been through, and you will survive this too.”

- Matt Haig

“Mental health is “messy and chaotic” but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying to make sense of it.”

- Nathan Filer

“Mental health: having enough safe places in your mind for your thoughts to settle.”

- Alain de Botton

“Mental health problems do not affect three or four out of every five persons, but one out of one.”

- Karl A. Menninger

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"Loving thoughts and actions are clearly beneficial for our physical and mental health.”

- Dalai Lama

“Start prioritizing your mental health instead of adjusting to toxic spaces.”

- Thema Bryant-Davis

"Mental health isn’t all of me, but it’s a massive part of my journey and a massive part of my whole being.”

- Adwoa Aboah

“Mental health isn’t always about feeling good. As I define it, mental health is about accepting reality on reality’s terms.”

- Drew Pinsky

“It’s important to point out that mental health is more about wellness rather than sickness.”

- Matt Purcell

“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

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.”

- Nido Qubein

“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

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“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

- Aristotle

“Increasing the strength of our minds is the only way to reduce the difficulty of life.”

- Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“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

“What if you moved through the world as if you were easy to be loved? Because I promise you, you are easy to love.”

- Sonalee Rashatwar

“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

“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

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“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

“By taking care of myself I have so much more to offer the world than I do when I am running on empty.”

– Ali Washington

“As you reflect back on the previous weeks, months or year, look for moments you can celebrate too. There will be some, even if you have to look a little harder.”

— Emily Coxhead

“When I don’t pay attention to my feelings, I tend to put up with situations and people longer than I should.”

Allyson Dinneen

“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

“That was the crux. You. Only you could work on you. Nobody could force you, and if you weren’t ready, then you weren’t ready, and no amount of open-armed encouragement was going to change that.”

― Norah Vincent

"Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they're never weakness."

- Brene Brown

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Mental Health Quotes for When You're Feeling Alone

"There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”

- John Green

“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

“And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.”

- Jane Austen

“Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.”

- Joubert Botha

“I’m actually taking medication that seems to be pretty good. It’s not making me feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is what is most important.”

- Mariah Carey

“I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are.”

- Justin Bieber

“About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our times.”

- Carl Jung

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“‘Positive vibes only’ isn’t a thing. Humans have a wide range of emotions and that’s OK.”

- Molly Bahr

“The experience I have had is that once you start talking about [experiencing a mental health struggle], you realize that actually you’re part of quite a big club.”

- Prince Harry

“I found that with depression, one of the most important things you can realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it, you’re not gonna be the last to go through it.”

- Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

“I understand your pain. Trust me, I do. I’ve seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life. You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will NEVER BE a burden.”

- Sophie Turner

“Running with a partner, or a friend, or just meeting people out and about can be a balm to the isolation that mental health problems create.”

- Bella Mackie

"We now know that close friendships and affectionate relationships play a huge role in our mental health and well-being and influence how our bodies work.”

- Paul Gilbert

"You are not alone. You are seen. I am with you. You are not alone.”

- Shonda Rhimes

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“Just remember, you are not alone, in fact, you are in a very commonplace with millions of others. We need to help each other and keep striving to reach our goals.”

- Mike Moreno

“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

“I would say what others have said: It gets better. One day, you’ll find your tribe. You just have to trust that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for who you are. In the meantime, the reality is you might have to be your own tribe. You might have to be your own best friend. That’s not something they’re going to teach you in school. So start the work of loving yourself."

- Wentworth Miller

“Perhaps you’ve heard “You don’t look sick,” “Don’t worry, relax,” or “That’s not rational” when you’ve told people you have OCD. If it were only that easy! You may feel misunderstood, like people don’t get how much you are suffering.”

- Marisa T. Mazza

Mental Illness Quotes

“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

“The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of NOW.”

- Shannon L. Alder

“Mental illness… occurs when our mental health is compromised or neglected for so long that it affects our ability to function in our everyday life.”

- Kati Morton

“Not surprisingly, there has been a mismatch between the enormous impact of mental illness and addiction on the public’s health and our society’s limited commitment to addressing these problems.”

- John Campo

“Your illness is not your identity. Your chemistry is not your character.”

- Pastor Rick Warren

“Unfortunately, we force people to break the law in order to get any kind of mental health treatment.”

- Pete Earley

“The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not.”

- Elyn R. Saks

“Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success or their place on the food chain. In fact, there is a good chance you know someone who is struggling with it since nearly 20% of American adults face some form of mental illness in their lifetime. So why aren’t we talking about it?”

- Kristen Bell

“There is no cast, no scar, no stitches. No X-ray with the evidence of pain. Rarely is there physical evidence of mental illness, but for those suffering from pervasive mental illness the pain and exhaustion is deep and heavy.”

- Emily Sanders

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