181+ Best Mental Illness Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational mental illness quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Mental Illness Quotes

Some of the brightest, most creative minds have been touched by mental illness. — Mauro Ranallo

Disability has become a form of permanent welfare for a lot of folks. It’s not that hard to prove a mental illness or mental issues or pain issues. — Nina Easton

I don’t believe you have to have eating disorders and mental illness to screw up. — Kirstie Alley

I didn’t want to do a zoo show. I didn’t want to do a study of someone with mental illness. I just wanted to show someone who was trying to live their life. — Daniel Craig

I want to break down some of the stigma associated with mental illness. — Gail Porter

As individuals are best off believing they control their behaviour, the judiciary is best off imputing that control – barring powerful extenuating factors such as mental illness. — Lionel Shriver

Playing someone who has a mental illness, the responsibility to not stuff it up is really strong. You have to get it right. Not just for the people who are sufferers, but for the people who care about them – their loved ones. — Debra Lawrance

I know I’m not a self-indulgent idiot; I also know I’m not the second coming of Deepak Chopra. If I had believed either of those, or both, as some people do when they get famous, that’s when the mental illness arrives. — Elizabeth Gilbert

Getting to have an opportunity to tell a story that is about mental illness and how it affects one’s self and one’s community was really something that really meant a lot to me. — Bryce Dallas Howard

They’re trying to tell us that we’re not right, so we have to buy their products. The number one cause of mental illness is not knowing who you are and you can’t know who you are if you don’t spend time honoring yourself, and living in the present. — Naomi Judd

There are people who are profoundly mentally ill. But we now have a very weird perspective on mental illness and what it means. I do think that people are overmedicated. — K. Flay

One in four of us will have a mental illness at some point. That is a lot of people. — Alastair Campbell

You can only explain America’s gun violence problem through guns, because mental illness doesn’t automatically lead to violence, and it doesn’t lead to violence anywhere else but America. — Chris Murphy

I do believe that Jodi Arias shows a lot of signs of mental illness. — Jane Velez-Mitchell

I think the stigma surrounding mental illness and also the stigma surrounding self-esteem issues or insecurities or just even feeling different is something that doesn’t really get enough attention. Everybody struggles with feeling alone or that they are going through something they don’t quite understand. — Brittany Snow

A lot of people are living with mental illness around them. Either you love one or you are one. — Mark Ruffalo

There are people with much bigger profiles than mine who are talking about mental illness. I am going to try to use whatever platform I have, whatever voice I have to help eliminate the stigma. — Mauro Ranallo

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and yet so many Americans are left to fight this battle without the coverage, support, and resources they need. — Ted Deutch

Occupying my mind with complex problems has been my best and most powerful and most reliable defense against my mental illness. — Elyn Saks

Mental illness is the last frontier. The gay thing is part of everyday life now on a show like ‘Modern Family,’ but mental illness is still full of stigma. Maybe it is time for that to change. — Eric McCormack

We cannot allow those with mental illness or record of hate or violence access guns and terrorize this country. — Wayne Messam

I think that there’s a clinical mental illness called depression, but I believe that post-industrial America has been narcotized by progress. There’s a cultural malaise – mental illness or no – that everybody suffers from at some point in their life. — Frances McDormand

I have mental illness in my family. I have a lot of compassion for those people. — Mark Ruffalo

In an ideal world, it would not take a film star to get the media focused on mental illness. — Alastair Campbell

How many artists subscribe to the notion that creative success depends on input from the fickle muse or her modern avatar, mental illness? Probably very few. — Kathryn Harrison

People are always selling the idea that people with mental illness are suffering. I think madness can be an escape. If things are not so good, you maybe want to imagine something better. — John Forbes Nash, Jr.

Mental illness lives all around us every day. I’ve seen it in other family members, I’ve seen it in friends, and I’ve dealt with it myself with my own postpartum depression. — Rachel Hollis

A very tiny percentage of people with mental illness are also violent. We know this. The constant linking of the two together in national media is so misleading. — Chirlane McCray

Every now and then I hear voices in my head, but not very clear. I can’t understand what they are saying. It’s a mental illness. I have been diagnosed as a manic depressive. — Brian Wilson

My three obsessions are mental illness, horror and religion. — Victor LaValle

So much progress has been made with topics like mental illness and drug abuse and sexual identity. — Holly Hunter

We must stop criminalizing mental illness. It’s a national tragedy and scandal that the L.A. County Jail is the biggest psychiatric facility in the United States. — Elyn Saks

My story is how to have a life while dealing with mental illness, and I’ve had a life. I’ve been blessed. It’s been a different kind of life than what I planned on, but it’s been a good life nonetheless. — Beth Hart

To the fantastic mental illness of Rationalism, hard facts are regrettable things, and to talk about them is to create them. — Francis Parker Yockey

Over the years, I have been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness – I quit my last real job in 2000 to work on writing full-time. — Jennifer McMahon

What is the natural reaction when told you have a hopeless mental illness? That diagnosis does you in; that, and the humiliation of being there. I mean, the indignity you’re subjected to. My God. — Kate Millett

I don’t find anything upsetting or gross or degrading about fighting with a mental illness: Bipolar or Schizophrenia. — Kangana Ranaut

There has been a lot of media attention around the dangers of drugs used to treat mental illness on the fetus. — Christy Turlington

Eating was my only way of controlling my life, or so I thought. When you are addicted or suffering from a mental illness, you think you’re in complete control. But the opposite is true. You are, in fact, completely out of control. — Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

Religion is capable of driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to me to qualify as a kind of mental illness. — Richard Dawkins

We were never supposed to live until 40. We were built to self-destruct at 30, whether from cancer or mental illness. We’re all going way beyond our expiration date. — Douglas Coupland

Yes, I talk about eating disorders and you know, excessive dieting and excessive exercising can be a sign of a mental illness… but when we talk about eating disorders… the issue is not the food or the exercise, the issue is a lack of healthy conception of self. That is the issue. — Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

People get really irritated by mental illness. — Maria Bamford

My honesty about mental illness has helped open a door for real conversation, and I think Justin wants to continue that conversation. He has put no restrictions on me. His father couldn’t. Why should he try? — Margaret Trudeau

Certain people are more likely to use drugs because of whatever it is: They’ve suffered some trauma in their life. They have risk factors like mental illness, people with learning disabilities, with attention problems. — David Sheff

It is possible and very common to overcome and manage a mental illness. — Madchen Amick

You certainly can’t prevent all mental health problems – factors like genetics and traumatic life events certainly play a role. But everyone can take steps to improve their mental health and prevent further mental illness. — Amy Morin

Having been hit by drug addiction, knowing how many are hit by it and what a big problem it is in our neighborhoods and our culture, I feel a responsibility to do something. I can see what’s wrong with the system – that we have to recognize mental illness as we do cancer or broken bones – and how we need to make it better. — David Sheff

The biggest advice I can give loved ones who are supporting someone navigating a newly diagnosed mental illness is patience, patience, and patience. — Madchen Amick

Mental illness and gun violence are not directly correlated, but when the two go hand in hand, Americans – often children – lose their lives. — Emma Gonzalez

When you read about it, you realize that mental illness is so prevalent. People didn’t always have the right terms for it, but most families have had a brush with it. — Ron Howard

I am bipolar, and I am proud. And that is why I wanted to write a book. To shine a light on mental illness, to be vulnerable about the days I let it take control and paid dearly for it, and to tell anyone fighting a similar battle: You are not alone. You are not broken. — AJ Lee

It would be absurd for me to diagnose Sarah Palin with a sprained ankle, let alone any sort of mental illness. — Nicolle Wallace

We know how to treat depression, we know how to treat mental illness, and we have not had the political will in our country to make it happen. — Rosalynn Carter

Any other illness, any other disease that we’re faced with, there’s sympathy and understanding. We get help for those. With mental illness, our go-to is to categorize them as, ‘Oh, they’re crazy,’ to belittle the problem. — Chris Wood

All my life, I had this idea that if I could unravel the mystery that was my mother, then I could help save her. But it didn’t really work. We were close, but she struggled with mental illness and alcoholism, and it was rough at times. — Jennifer McMahon

Most people, if you live in a big city, you see some form of schizophrenia every day, and it’s always in the form of someone homeless. ‘Look at that guy – he’s crazy. He looks dangerous.’ Well, he’s on the streets because of mental illness. He probably had a job and a home. — Eric McCormack

People love to make comedians out to be miserable, dark, twisted people. And I just – I think a lot of people struggle with depression and mental illness and have issues and problems within their family. The mailman has it. Your neighbor has it. It’s just that comedians have a microphone. — Tig Notaro

My father was a psychiatrist, the medical director of a mental hospital in Scotland, and when I was a student, I took vacation jobs there as a nursing assistant. So I did get to see mental illness, but I don’t remember conversations about mental conditions. My father was a cheerful man with a robust attitude to such things. — Morag Joss

Romantic love is mental illness. But it’s a pleasurable one. It’s a drug. It distorts reality, and that’s the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw. — Fran Lebowitz

You need community support. You’re pretty defeated when you’re laid low with a mental illness. It’s a frightening place to be, and to get up and be able to stand and to move forward and to start functioning again, you need so much support. You need to feel you’re not alone. — Margaret Trudeau

The problem with mental illness, as opposed to physical illness, is that it involves wrong thinking or impaired insight. You’re not thinking correctly. — Margaret Trudeau

The difference in the quality of medical care received by people with mental illness is one of the reasons why they live shorter lives than people without mental illness. Even in the best-resourced countries in the world, this life expectancy gap is as much as 20 years. In the developing countries of the world, this gap is even larger. — Vikram Patel

The Stonewall riots were a key moment for gay people. Throughout modern history, gays had thought of themselves as something like a mental illness or maybe a sin or a crime. Gay liberation allowed us to make the leap to being a ‘minority group,’ which made life much easier. — Edmund White

I know what it’s like to feel marginalized and defeated and humiliated by suffering from a mental illness. — Margaret Trudeau

I had known a couple of people in college who went off the rails, who had significant bouts with mental illness. — Edward Zwick

I learned so much in Zimbabwe, in particular about the need for humility in our ambition to extend mental health care in countries where there were very few psychiatrists and where the local culture harboured very different views about mental illness and healing. These experiences have profoundly influenced my thinking. — Vikram Patel

While producing art works, illusions appear from time to time due to my mental illness. Every day is a struggle for me. — Yayoi Kusama

When our bodies are sick and people extend their sympathy, bring us soup, offer up solutions. When our minds are sick, people tend to shy away from you, be afraid, or call you outright crazy. I’m fascinated by the way society and individuals view mental illness, and most of my shorts comment on that. — Anna Akana

People accuse me of glamorizing mental illness. Looking back sometimes, that’s true. But I don’t feel guilty. — Andy Behrman

There is no such thing as mental illness, hence also no such thing as psychotherapy. — Thomas Szasz

It can be difficult for people to talk about it, because there still is that stigma around mental illness. But I would encourage people to do that, because they’ll be surprised once they do ‘come out’ how many other people have had similar experiences. — Matt Haig

Most people have been touched by the battles of mental illness in some way or another. It’s either going on in their families or next door to them, or they know people who have experienced it. — Tom Kitt

What saved my life was my husband. He nursed me back to health, and he continues to do that to this day. It’s not easy to be married and to have a relationship with someone with mental illness. — Beth Hart

Mental illness is a disease and organic mental illness of young kids is becoming more and more of a disease… we do need to talk about it. — Lisa Gardner

If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia. — Margaret Atwood

Being a depressive should not imply danger any more than being a man or even a human should. Mental illness isn’t a them/us issue; we are all on the scale somewhere. So we must be very careful to resist ignorance and combat the stigma that leads to dangerous silence. — Matt Haig

I was depressed at a very young age – mental illness runs in my family, especially on the female side. — Petra Collins

My father’s very public life as Famous Amos was the opposite of that of his ex-wife, my mother Shirley, who was fighting a very private, solitary battle with mental illness. — Shawn Amos

Mental illness is real, and I got them. I don’t know if it’s the multiple concussions or the lifestyle choices. — Scott Hall

I was the most important person of the world, and people like the Pope would be just like enemies, who would try to put me down in some way or another, or the president. People are always selling the idea that people who have mental illness are suffering. — John Forbes Nash, Jr.

Once you’re labeled as mentally ill, and that’s in your medical notes, then anything you say can be discounted as an artefact of your mental illness. — Hilary Mantel

I will say, in open adoption, all these choices you make about race, about the amount of mental illness you can deal with, about special needs and physical maladies, you have to lay all this out there before you know anybody’s story. — Jennifer Gilmore

The most dangerous thing, when you have a serious mental illness, is convincing yourself that you don’t have it. And you see it all the time. People get on medication, and they feel better, and they stop taking it. And some flirt with unreality on some levels. But it feels so convincing to them that it feels real. — Noah Hawley

People with mental health problems are almost never dangerous. In fact, they are more likely to be the victims than the perpetrators. At the same time, mental illness has been the common denominator in one act of mass violence after another. — Roy Blunt

I remember once I read a book on mental illness and there was a nurse that had gotten sick. Do you know what she died from? From worrying about the mental patients not being able to get their food. She became a mental patient. — Ornette Coleman

It’s a tricky thing to play mental illness or being connected to a higher sensibility. — Daniel Zovatto

I always had a dissociative disorder. But I healed from it over the course of 14 years of big-time therapy. But, you know, I mean, everybody’s kind of loony now. So I was kind of a pioneer in the mental illness thing, too. — Roseanne Barr

This is a common misconception about antidepressants: many people believe they’re simply ‘happy pills’ that will wipe a person’s emotional slate clean. Used correctly, antidepressants can lift the fog of mental illness. — Andrew Shaffer

I think it’s really easy to approach a touchy subject head-on, but ‘Sharp Objects’ does it in a way that’s subtle and it presents mental illness as something quite common and normalized. It’s so common and shouldn’t be a conversation we’re afraid to talk about. — Eliza Scanlen

I think Hell exists on Earth. It’s a psychological state, or it can be a physical state. People who have severe mental illness are in Hell. People who have lost a loved one are in Hell. I think there are all kinds of different hells. It’s not a place you go to after you die. — Al Franken

Mental illness, unfortunately, is an invisible disease: it’s not seen or heard. For whatever reason, because of that, society has decided that if we can’t see it, maybe it doesn’t exist, so they want to just sweep it under the carpet or say, ‘Snap out of it,’ or that you’re looking for attention. — Mauro Ranallo

I’m not really interested in promoting ‘Olive’ as a series about depression or mental illness. — Frances McDormand

Mathematicians don’t like it when they’re associated with mental illness and sort of bristle when you say that they can’t get along socially, that they’re not good with people. — Ethan Canin

I want to show that the dividing lines between sanity and mental illness have been drawn in the wrong place. — Anthony Storr

My goal is to see that mental illness is treated like cancer. — Jane Pauley

I think mental illness is a slippery slope to talk about these days because people are overly diagnosed, overly prescribed, overly everything. — Gaby Hoffmann

Every time the DSM prepares for a new edition, there are countless groups lobbying to get their particular mental illness recognized by the diagnostic manual. Surely, this is a social and cultural phenomenon. — Siri Hustvedt

I’d love for mental illness to be seen in the way that other horrible illnesses are. When people get cancer, very few parents will say, ‘Oh I feel so bad for giving you so much unhealthy food over the years.’ — Matt Haig

Too many people will die needlessly if we go back to letting people buy junk insurance or insurance that doesn’t help people with diseases related to mental illness. — Marti Noxon

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you. — Rita Mae Brown

Many of my fellow atheists consider all talk of ‘spirituality’ or ‘mysticism’ to be synonymous with mental illness, conscious fraud, or self-deception. I have argued elsewhere that this is a problem – because millions of people have had experiences for which ‘spiritual’ and ‘mystical’ seem the only terms available. — Sam Harris

No further evidence is needed to show that ‘mental illness’ is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious. — Thomas Szasz

I don’t like the term ‘mental illness.’ I’d rather just say ‘mad.’ Just like I always say ‘loony bin,’ not ‘mental hospital.’ — John Burnside

Often, when you’re growing up, you don’t know what’s wrong. We don’t talk openly enough about mental illness. How do you know – especially today with the incredibly high stress teens are put under during high school – if you have depression or if you have a mental illness or if you have anxiety? You don’t know, because you’ve never seen it. — Katherine Langford

You have this mounting aggressive ignorance with the rabbit’s foot of their particular religion. You don’t really have any kind of spiritual law, just a kind of a rabid mental illness. The songs are a little slice of life. — Joni Mitchell

I think we need to update the existing laws to create uniformity across the states so that all people with mental illness who find themselves in the criminal justice system for committing horrific crimes will be treated exactly the same. — Kimberly Guilfoyle

Sometimes, patients with serious mental illness, just as with other serious medical illnesses, require hospitalization. In the absence of available public or private hospital beds, there are few options. — Thomas R. Insel

We simply want gun legislation in this country that allows law-abiding citizens to still own guns or prevents people with a history of mental illness or a history of a criminal background from owning a firearm. — David Hogg

Whether it’s someone struggling with mental illness, someone struggling with poverty or struggling with their own limitations in their social behaviors, for some reason, I’m drawn to characters like that. — Gbenga Akinnagbe

Mental illness doesn’t need to be hidden or glorified. It should be normalized to where people feel comfortable sharing with their families and friends and know they’re not alone. By opening up about my struggle, I’m hoping I can help someone who feels like they don’t know what to do or when they can’t accept their situation. — Ariel Winter

I wrote ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ when I began to read about the growing trend in teenage mental illness. I wanted to understand the psychology behind it because it was foreign to me. — Mark Foster

People with a mental illness aren’t mentally weak. In fact, many of them are incredibly strong. And just like everyone else, they possess the ability to create positive change in their lives. — Amy Morin

Early diagnosis is so important because the earlier a mental illness can be detected, diagnosed and treatment can begin, the better off that person can be for the rest of his or her life. — Rosalynn Carter

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. — Richard Carlson

Children whose parents return to study do much better at school. Offenders who persist with studies are much less likely to reoffend. The national mental health strategy recognises the important role adult learning can play for people recovering from mental illness. — David Blunkett

I had some experience in dealing with people who have mental illness and depression, but I didn’t see the signs in myself. I couldn’t ask for help because I didn’t know I needed help. — Clara Hughes

Mental illness is a very powerful thing. If it is with you it is probably going to be there until the day you die. I am trying so hard to break mine, but it is not easy. It is my toughest fight ever. — Frank Bruno

Dealing with chronic anxiety has taught me to better understand the nuances of mental illness and the very individual nature of it. — John Corey Whaley

I have spent most of my life working with mental illness. I have been president of the world’s largest association of mental-illness workers, and I am all for more funding for mental-health care and research – but not in the vain hope that it will curb violence. — Martin Seligman

The difficult thing with mental illness is that there’s no one to blame. You can’t blame a person who’s mentally ill, because they didn’t ask for it! There’s no choice to it. — Donna Lynne Champlin

I grew up in a small town, and mental illness wasn’t something anyone talked about. — Rachel Hollis

The disturbed individual who believes himself to be Christ, or to receive messages from God, is something of a cliche in our society. Ever since Sigmund Freud, many people have associated religiosity with neurosis and mental illness. — Robert Winston

I know that if I could really understand mental illness, then it would be appropriate to make a big career shift. I would become a therapist and a leader in terms of mental illness. But I’m not in the position. — John Forbes Nash, Jr.

The most evil and insidious thing about mental illness is that it isolates us and makes us feel so different that we think no one can possibly relate. — Shannon Purser

One of the things psychologists used to say was that if you are depressed, anxious or angry, you couldn’t be happy. Those were at opposite ends of a continuum. I believe that you can be suffering or have a mental illness and be happy – just not in the same moment that you’re sad. — Martin Seligman

One day, I made a remark that I might work with people with mental illness, and somebody in the press heard it, and it was in the paper. And the more I thought about it and found out about it, the more I thought it was just a terrible situation with no attention. And I’ve been working on it ever since. — Rosalynn Carter

We separate problems with the brain into neurological and psychiatric, and it’s because it’s stigmatised still. Mental illness is still stigmatised. Imagine if we treated people with cancer like that. Just because your personality changes and your behaviour changes, all of a sudden you are put in a different category. — Susannah Cahalan

As well as being blind, Ma turned out to have the same mental illness that her mother had had. Between 1986 and 1990, she suffered six schizophrenic bouts, each requiring her to be institutionalised for up to three months. — Liz Murray

I’m not a doctor, but I would assume that anything that you’re doing that’s harming you, and you can’t stop doing it, is a sign of mental illness. — Beth Hart

The guilt I felt for having a mental illness was horrible. I prayed for a broken bone that would heal in six weeks. But that never happened. I was cursed with an illness that nobody could see and nobody knew much about. — Andy Behrman

The first thing that happens to someone with a mental illness, in the throes of it, is that they lose all their self-esteem. They don’t think they fit in. — Margaret Trudeau

I will alway support anybody being vocal about their mental illness, how they’re dealing with it, and how it affects them. And I’ll always support people waking up and paying attention to that. — Joe Budden

The war on drugs is very, very real, and the war on helping people with mental illness is very, very real. — Wendy Williams

As governor, I will work to reform the practice of solitary confinement, which studies and medical and psychological associations say causes negative mental health effects on children, pregnant women and people living with mental illness. — Michelle Lujan Grisham

Over recent years, urbanisation, globalisation and the destruction of local cultures has led to a rise in the prevalence of mental illness in the developing world. — Iain McGilchrist

Here are the ingredients of a tragedy: untreated mental illness, a society where life is cheap and crime is glamorized, and a ready supply of firearms. — Blase J. Cupich

I suspect that here theists and atheists would agree: Human beings have within them the ability to choose evil or good. We wake up each day facing the age-old struggle of good and evil. In some situations, mental illness clouds our judgment. — Adam Hamilton

Just getting something in the books that makes sure people with mental illness and terrorists can’t get guns would be a good idea. — Jeff Bridges

Mental illness, of course, is not literally a ‘thing’ – or physical object – and hence it can ‘exist’ only in the same sort of way in which other theoretical concepts exist. — Thomas Szasz

Having a mental illness does not mean you’re weak or can’t handle life. You can have a mental illness and deal with it and still be a powerful, confident woman. — Torrey DeVitto

We need to treat people with mental illness like people. — Mauro Ranallo

Mental illness affects everyone. — Mauro Ranallo

The vast majority of people who have mental illness problems never hurt anybody. — Penn Jillette

Our family suffers from a hereditary condition called, generally, mental illness. Specifically, multiple family members in successive generations have suffered from either bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. — Victor LaValle

I like Aimee Mann. Her album ‘Mental Illness’ is so good. — Trixie Mattel

I think that mental illness is something that is so real. — Wendy Williams

I should be writing songs about happiness all day long, but a lot of my songs get inspired from that place of unworthiness and shame, which really goes with mental illness. — Beth Hart

Everyone has some sort of connection to mental illness. — Alice Ripley

There is so much to be celebrated about mental illness. I do believe that there is something to be said about the truly artistic, the truly brilliant, those of us who have been ‘touched by fire’ that should be celebrated, not stigmatized. — Mauro Ranallo

We’re becoming so much better at destigmatizing all sorts of things, including mental illness in ‘Silver Linings.’ — Jacki Weaver

I think mental illness or madness can be an escape also. People don’t develop a mental illness because they are in the happiest of situations, usually. One doctor observed that it was rare when people were rich to become schizophrenic. If they were poor or didn’t have too much money, then it was more likely. — John Forbes Nash, Jr.

We must bring the issue of mental illness out into the sunlight, out of the shadow, out of the closet, deal with it, treat people, have centers where people can get the necessary help. — John Lewis

I know what mental illness looks like, and I know that if a person is not ready to get help, they won’t. — Jenifer Lewis

I remember being in middle and high school and hearing Demi Lovato speak up about her mental illness, and that was comforting. — Lili Reinhart

The strongest predictor of unhappiness is anyone who has had a mental illness in the last 10 years. It is an even stronger predictor of unhappiness than poverty – which also ranks highly. — Polly Toynbee

I think the science around mental illness is always evolving. There’s always new kinds of thinking. — Marti Noxon

In the 1830s, Dorothea Dix revolutionized the care of people with mental illness by taking them out of jails and caring for them in asylums, later known as state hospitals. — Thomas R. Insel

There’s a book called ‘You’re Not a Stranger Here’ by Adam Haslett – short stories, a lot of them are about mental illness and gay people – that classic combination. But they’re really well-written, really powerful. It’s pretty good. — Perfume Genius

I’m trying to push for common-sense gun reform and mental illness reform so we can make sure that these individuals that have a criminal background that are mentally unstable and have a history of domestic violence are no longer able to get a gun. — David Hogg

Mental illness can happen to anybody. You can be a dustman, a politician, a Tesco worker… anyone. It could be your dad, your brother or your aunt. — Frank Bruno

Yes, this is 21st-century America. Where we have better means to treat mental illness than ever before, but choose to let the insane people decide to get it or not. — Rich Lowry

I’ve had a mental illness for nearly half my life, and I can no longer imagine myself without it. It seems less like something that happened to me than like part of who I am; some days, it is the thing about me, but it is always at least a thing about me. — Andrew Solomon

Not talking about mental illness is killing people. We need that to stop. — Mauro Ranallo

I was hoping that I could say stuff about mental illness that maybe people didn’t know. You know, speak up for bipolar disorder and let people know a little bit more about it that they may not have known. — Eric Millegan

Mental illness leaves a huge legacy, not just for the person suffering it but for those around them. — Lysette Anthony

Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it regards itself as therapy. — Karl Kraus

Vancouver houses one of North America’s largest open air drug markets and has a dense and heartbreaking problem with homelessness and mental illness. Those are the neighbourhoods I live and work in. — Mark Brand

For too long we have swept the problems of mental illness under the carpet… and hoped that they would go away. — Richard J. Codey

There’s such a stigma around mental illness, and this idea that you’re going to come off as disturbed or weak somehow by being open about these things. I’ve never felt embarrassed or shy talking about it; it’s such an integral part of my life. — Shannon Purser

When you cry out in pain from a broken wrist, no one questions it. You just go to the hospital and take the necessary steps. Mental illness is just as real, even if it can’t be seen. — Torrey DeVitto

I knew for years I wanted to write a novel that addressed the personal trauma of my older sister, who suffered – and still suffers – from mental illness. For a long time I imagined – and I know it’s absurd – that she was an indirect casualty of the Vietnam War. — David Means

I think one thing is that anybody who’s had to contend with mental illness – whether it’s depression, bipolar illness or severe anxiety, whatever – actually has a fair amount of resilience in the sense that they’ve had to deal with suffering already, personal suffering. — Kay Redfield Jamison

Sometimes I feel the only way I can get a major publisher interested in mental illness is if I find a character who has bipolar disorder and is also a love-sick vampire attending an English school called Hogwarts. But I’m not giving up. — Pete Earley

With mental health, it’s not like there’s a box where you’re healthy and another box where you’ve got a mental illness. You try to stay at the healthy end of the continuum, and watch as you move, and I’ve been able to do that. — Tina Smith

My mother struggled immensely with mental illness, and so did I. She grew up bipolar, but it was never diagnosed nor recognized. It was shrugged off like a ‘symptom’ of being female – of her being weak. I also experienced this growing up: I felt that the great pain I experienced was a dramatisation. — Petra Collins

It’s my belief that, since the end of the Second World War, psychology has moved too far away from its original roots, which were to make the lives of all people more fulfilling and productive, and too much toward the important, but not all-important, area of curing mental illness. — Martin Seligman

I wrote a ‘Lenny Letter’ on a whim, and it felt indulgent, but people came up to me with tears in their eyes saying, ‘Thank you.’ There’s so much shame about mental illness in our country and so many stereotypes about women being ‘crazy’ or ‘psycho.’ — Whitney Cummings

We rarely know what motivates somebody in their work, and it’s usually a particular moment in their life. For me, that moment is my brother’s incarceration and the ways in which this country has decided to neglect, abuse, and sometimes torture people with severe mental illness, especially if they’re black. — Patrisse Cullors

Not a lot of people know it, but I don’t have any qualms about saying it – there’s a lot of mental illness that runs in my family. — Donna Lynne Champlin

As no one knew much about my mental illness, a lot of people had the attitude that I had the capability to ‘kick it’ and get better instantly. This was the most frustrating attitude for me. — Andy Behrman

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