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Mental Health Quotes from TED Talks to Share

Tap into these mental health quotes today!

People all around us suffer in silence, so let us read, share and speak about mental health problems.

These powerful mental health quotes come from people who want to end mental health stigma! They made the first step: they shared their stories. Now it’s your time: share and let the world know that mental struggles are real.

TED Talk : There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health

‘We need to see mental health as important as physical health and stop suffering in silence. We must stop stigmatizing disease and traumatizing the afflicted.’

Sangu Delle

“Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak — it makes us human.”


‘We live in a world where if you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast, but if you tell people you’re depressed, everyone runs the other way. That’s the STIGMA. And that’s IGNORANCE. That’s pure ignorance, and that ignorance has created a world that doesn’t understand depression, that doesn’t understand mental health.’

– Sangu Delle

TED Talk: Kevin Breel: Confessions of a Depressed Comic


‘We’re people, and we struggle and we suffer and we bleed and we cry, and if you think that true strength means never showing any weakness, then I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. You’re wrong, because it’s the opposite. We’re people, and we have problems. We’re not perfect, and that’s okay.’

Kevin Breel

TED Talk: What They Don’t Tell You About Mental Illness

‘We all go through turmoil, some sort of time in our life when we are going to feel alone. And isolation is one of the precursors to mental illness.
Mental illness is a very human response. Let us have a very human conversation about a very human experience. Just be human. Open your heart.’

– Elizabeth Medina

“I didn’t want to die but I didn’t want to live anymore.”

TED Talk: Imagine There Was No Stigma to Mental Illness

‘Everyone should know someone who suffers from a mental disorder and the fact that many of us may think they don’t reflects 3 inconvenient truths:
– that we lack an understanding and AWARENESS of what mental illness is
– that we are reluctant or ashamed of admiting to it
– the mental illness is higly stigmatized.’

Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman

Breaking down the barrier which arises from our stigmatizing mental health would result in better treatment for millions of individuals.

‘I find it ironic that while people suffered from mental disorders throughout human history because we had no knowledge and limited or no effective treatments, in the 21st century when we do have treatments the biggest barriers are lack of awareness, lack of access to care and STIGMA.’

Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman


‘Find the heart and muster the will to reach out to all people, particularly people who may show signs of mental illness, to raise awareness of the public, of the government and of the media TO END THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS.’

Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman

TED Talk: The Stigma of Mental Illness

‘If you have never had anxiety you don’t know what it feels like to have the entire world crashing around you for basically nothing. If you never had depression you don’t know what it feels like to feel worthless SO DON’T MAKE A JOKE ABOUT IT.’

– Sam Cohen

Let us treat mental illnesses as the illnesses that they are, and to move forward as a culture in an accepting and nurturing way in treating these illnesses.

TED Talk: How to talk about mental health without offending everyone


‘Everyone is unique. Two people can have the same diagnostic but very different experiences, values and beliefs. We may think we are empathizing when we are saying ‘I understand’ but we might be unintentionally offending people by assuming we know their story.’

-Dan Berstein

The best way to talk about it is to come from a place of openness and understanding.

‘We have to make room for the other’s story. We have to listen to other people’s perspectives. When we do that we overcome the obstacles of assumptions and stigma.

Making room means we stop assuming we know what is going on when it comes to mental health and we start asking questions.’

Dan Berstein

TED Talk: Let’s talk about mental health

‘Every single story we tell is like sending a boat out into the ocean and those that are suffering in silence cling on to that lifeboat and realize that they might just be NORMAL.’

– Geoff McDonald

Conclusion: Mental Health Matters!

These mental health quotes represent just a drop in the ocean of quotes and speeches that people all around the world are sharing.

Let us share and be aware and the most important of all…be kind!

Hi! I'm Maria and I am a mental health advocate! I am determined to learn as much as I can about mental and emotional wellbeing.

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