14 Mental Health Quotes For World Mental Health Day 2016, Because The More We Talk About It The Better

If you've ever wondered how you can help those who suffer from mental health issues, the biggest piece of advice that I can offer you is to keep talking about it. These mental health quotes for World Mental Health Day 2016 do not shy away from the often tabooed topic of mental health, and for that reason, they are some of the most effective words somebody suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other kind of mental sickness can possibly hear.

Stigmatizing the topic of mental health helps no one, and studies have actually shown that the more somebody feels stigmatized, the less likely he or she is to seek support services. And the less likely somebody is to seek support services, the less likely he or she is to be treated and potentially overcome his or her mental illness. So long story short? Talk about mental health and mental illnesses. Don't turn it into something that makes people feel ashamed or awkward.

In America an estimated 26.2 percent of adults (ages 18 and older) suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. That means that one out of every four adults struggles with mental illness within the short course of 12 months. That is a high percentage, translating to approximately 58 million adults. All that being said, it's clear that mental illness is not a rarity, and it shouldn't be treated as such. Let's talk about it, let's learn about it, and let's beat it — together.

1. "Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed." — Mason Cooley

2. "My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it." — Emery Lord

3. "What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." — Plutarch

4. "Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls your life." — Akshay Dubey

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5. "The best way out is always through." — Robert Frost

6. "It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it." — Amelia Barr

7. "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." — Khalil Gibran

8. "Sometimes even to live is an act of courage." — Seneca

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9. "If you can sit with your pain, listen to your pain and respect your pain — in time you will move through your pain." — Bryant McGill

10. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." — Aristotle Onassis

11. "I know this transformation is painful, but you're not falling apart; you're just falling into something different, with a new capacity to be beautiful." — William C. Hannan

12. "You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously." — Sophia Bush

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13. "Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear." — C.S. Lewis

14. "Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When 'I' is replaced by 'we,' illness becomes wellness." — Shannon L. Alder

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