It’s May, which means it’s Mental Health Awareness Month! There’s a lot of stigma toward mental illness, and anyone who deals with it knows that. It can be hard for some people to grasp if they’ve never experienced it. I put together these 9 quotes for mental health awareness not only to inspire those who are struggling to know they’re not alone, but to teach those who don’t understand mental illness as much as they’d like to. By looking at life from a different perspective and being willing to learn more about the issue, we can eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.

Why Mental Health Awareness is Important

If you don’t struggle with mental illness yourself, it’s likely that you have a friend or family member who does. The most common mental illnesses are anxiety disorders and mood disorders. As I mentioned before, there’s a lot of stigma associated with mental illness. The only way to end that is by raising awareness. When people feel shamed for their problems, they’re less likely to seek the help that they need, leading to a slower recovery. Being able to openly talk about mental health as much as we do our physical health can motivate others to open up about their experiences and see that they’re not alone.

Quotes for Mental Health Awareness

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close

"What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation." - Glenn Close

“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

"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

“Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to. It’s not for them” – Joubert Botha

"Sometimes the people around you won't understand your journey. They don't need to. It's not for them" - Joubert Botha

“At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.” – Michelle Obama

"At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it's still an illness, and there should be no distinction." - Michelle Obama

“Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.” – Karen Salmansohn

"Often it's the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self." - Karen Salmansohn

“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” – Noam Shpancer

"Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you're going." - Noam Shpancer

“Everybody knows there is no such thing as normal. There is no black and white definition of normal. Normal is subjective. There’s only a messy, inconsistent, silly, hopeful version of how we feel most at home in our lives.” – Tori Spelling


“Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

"Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots." - Elizabeth Gilbert

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

"And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself because I could find no language to describe them in." - Jane Austen

For those struggling, I hope that these 9 quotes for mental health awareness bring you comfort in knowing you’re not alone. For those wanting to learn more and increase their awareness, I hope that you are able to look at life from a different perspective and see how it feels to have a mental illness. I encourage you to continue to learn more, so that we can end the stigma. Although May is Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s stay aware of these issues every day so that people in need can get the help they deserve.

For mental health help, visit https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help or text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 support.