Unfortunate prejudices and judgments surround mental health issues in our world today. Depression, anxiety and the myriad of other conditions have become known as signs of weakness, or manifested symptoms to provoke attention. Something that is “all in the head” and will go away on its own. But, that isn’t true. While the exact causes of mental health conditions remain a mystery, the resounding effect they have on someone still very much exists.
October 2019 has been officially labeled as “Mental Health Awareness Month.” For the past few weeks, we have been working to provide meaningful information, in hopes of better educating our faithful readers and followers about mental health issues. We truly believe that knowledge is power. So, the more we are able to share, the greater chance we can start to break down some of those harmful mental health stigmas.
Break the Stigma
It’s important to know that mental health is an important aspect of being human. In order to ensure that we are operating at our best — physically, emotionally and mentally — we must learn to think positive thoughts, seek help when needed, and stop shaming ourselves and others on our bad days. Here are some encouraging quotes about mental health stigmas for you to keep in mind and share with others.
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” – Fred Rogers
“Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” – Noam Shpancer, PhD
“If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.” – Russell Wilson
“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.” – Unknown
“Don’t give in to stigma. A diagnosis does not determine who you are or what you can do!”
“The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.” – Unknown
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
“I wish people could understand that the brain is the most important organ of our body. Just because you can’t see mental illness like you could see a broken bone, doesn’t mean it’s not as detrimental or devastating to a family or an individual.” — Demi Lovato
“Please don’t judge people. You don’t know what it look someone to get out of bed, look and feel presentable as possible and face the day. You never truly know the daily struggles of others.”
“I am still me, no matter my mental health.” — Niki McBain
“Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others.” — Unknown
“Those who suffer from mental illness are stronger than you think. We must fight to go work, care for our families, be there for our friends, and act ‘normal’ while battling unimaginable pain.” — Unknown
Mental Health Stigmas
Did you know that only 25% of all those who struggle with mental health issues feel that people are caring and sympathetic towards them? That’s a pretty small amount, when you think about the bigger picture. The biggest secret to breaking the judgements around mental health stigmas is understanding. Learning what mental health is, what to watch for, and how to understand what our friends and family are going through. Transparency and openness are vital to solving this.
It’s ok not to be ok. It’s ok to talk about your depression or anxiety. Having a mental health condition is not a sign of weakness. You are not alone.
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About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
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Staff, GoodTherapy. “Stop Stigma: 12 Inspiring Quotes About Mental Health.” GoodTherapy.org Therapy Blog, 29 Apr. 2019, www.goodtherapy.org/blog/stop-stigma-12-inspiring-quotes-about-mental-health-0512187.