21 Mental Health Quotes by Famous People

We all face challenging times for our well-being, no matter how successful, famous, and millionaire we may be. Well-known people from the show-biz and other media, as well as renowned mental health professionals, have compiled not only experiences but commentaries on what it means to live life and take care of your mental and overall health in the process.

Below, we bring you a list of quotes from famous people about mental health and its importance. Some of these quotes are more positive, others simply direct, and some others from life experiences, but we hope they can inspire your day.

Mental Health Quotes by Famous People

“I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops, but with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it’s completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don’t have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Here we begin with an example and experience of living with bipolar disorder from an actress known to millions. It’s good that celebrities like her speak out so honestly about mental health issues. This inspires people and reminds them that even admired individuals face these challenges and we all deserve compassion.

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

Martin Luther King, Jr

Mental health includes emotional health, and emotional health includes knowing how to close cycles, forgive, and accept the past in order to live the present and its emotions. Otherwise, what you live will be blocked or mixed with the contents of the past, losing the opportunity to truly live life.

“If you have been brutally broken but still have the courage to be gentle to other living beings, then you’re a badass with a heart of an angel.”

Keanu Reeves

If you were looking for a cool and positive quote for today from a celebrity, this one from Keanu Reeves is the one. This actor, who has returned to the zenith of his popularity, has gone through very hard times in his life, as well as an important spiritual evolution, being one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors.

“Man is self-realized to the extent that he commits himself to the fulfillment of the meaning of his life.”

Viktor Frankl

Often, what people with mental health problems need is a lack of purpose that fuels their lives. A lack of identity that gives them a reference or allows them to continue to see the light even in the most difficult times.

Psychologist Viktor Frankl, who experienced firsthand the tortures of the Nazi concentration camps, is one of the best references to talk about the power of a purposeful life.

“Even people who claim that we can do nothing to change our destiny, look before crossing the street.”

Stephen Hawking

This popular writer demolishes negativism with a simple sentence. Whether from action or at least from thought, we have the divine gift of free will to change and improve our lives.

“I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life, whether I liked it or not. And I had to stop. Because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down… I’m not trying to get validation nor do I need it anymore. All I can say from the bottom of my heart is I am so grateful. If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez gives us a boost to morale and self-esteem in this appointment. The battle against depression and so many other mental health problems requires to be shared properly to heal it but, at the same time, it deserves respect, starting with respect for oneself and knowing oneself worthy of a happy life.

“One cannot wisely choose a life unless one dares to listen to oneself, one’s own self, at every moment of life.”

Abraham Maslow

Maslow is considered the father or one of the founders of the humanistic current in psychology. He advocated self-realization as the highest need. Here he reminds us that knowing oneself and listening to the heart is essential for this, and part of what distinguishes us as humans.

“Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.”

Adam Ant

No comments are needed. Pure truth.

“Good things happen every day. We just have to notice them.”

Anne Wilson Schaef

What about a change of perspective? Every day is a good day for learning, and there’s always a way out, no matter how dark the times may look.

“No person deserves your tears, and whoever deserves them will not make you cry.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This Latin poet and Nobel Prize for literature reminds us that we deserve healthy relationships in which we can cultivate peace and well-being. Otherwise, they don’t deserve you or simply don’t correspond to each other.

“I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it.”

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

No matter the fame, even famous people like ‘The Rock’ can face the problem of depression, and know that they can count on someone real to accompany them to heal their inner world, everything that most do not see.

“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.”

Walter Anderson

What a great quote. Just as depression is an excess of past, anxiety is an excess of future. Despite therapy and counseling can be great resources for everyone, something that helps us to move on and recover peace is to take action. Get into something new and inspiring. Helping other people facing harder difficulties may let you see that you’re much better than you think.

“I knew well enough that one could fracture one’s legs and arms and recover afterward, but I did not know that you could fracture the brain in your head and recover from that too.”

Vincent van Gogh

This artist diagnosed with psychiatric disorders shares this quote about the lack of knowledge there can be about mental health services and the resources to care for and improve it.

“If you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication.”

Daniel Goleman 

Becoming aware of mental health is always a necessary step in order to heal it. Although outside help from professionals or medication can provide support, it will never be enough unless you take responsibility for it, because your mind is directly connected to your spirit, something that no single drug or person can address by itself.

 “I can slip in and out of depression quite easily. I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son. It frightened me and I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant…Four of my friends felt the same way I did, and everyone was too embarrassed to talk about it.”


Postpartum depression is another silent challenge that few underestimate or are afraid to express. The processes of pregnancy and postpartum, although different in each woman, are profound and deserve due understanding and monitoring, both in the physical dimension of it, as well as in the mental and spiritual.

Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will surface later in an uglier form.”

Sigmund Freud

A controversial but undeniably transcendental author in the history of psychology. Sigmund Freud helped make clear the need to attend to mental health and explore even that which we avoid about ourselves and heal it in order to move forward.

“What does not become conscious manifests in our lives as destiny.”

Carl Gustav Jung

Freud’s best-known pupil and further detractor complements his quote by affirming that what is not healed will not only emerge in an uglier form later but will condition and limit our life, taking over our conscience and peace of mind. 

What I love about therapy is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with.


One of the best recomendations from celebrities you could get. When you attend psychotherapy or appropriate mental health services, you have the advantage of having someone to hold up a mirror to you to help you see not only the problem, or the causes of your conflicts, but your resources to help you move forward. The process can be difficult for the ego, but satisfying when you open yourself to the opportunity to evolve.

“The human body is the chariot; the self, the man who drives it; thought is the reins, and feelings, the horses.”


This simple quote reminds us of the multidimensionality of well-being, which also includes the body and the emotional world. Have you ever thought about whether your source of motivation is genuine?

“The walls we build around us to keep away sadness also keep away joy.”

Jim Rohn

All emotions have their purpose, and it is necessary for our integral health to recognize the value of each one of them. Joy is considered the best and only acceptable feeling, but sadness gives us empathy, healthy anger brings courage, fear brings common sense, and love brings inspiration. It is mental health and peace that you deserve and can harvest every day.

“You cannot cross the sea simply by looking at the water.”

Rabindranath Tagore

Life is to live it and enjoy it! Emotions and mental challenges are part of the journey. What makes life have color and human meaning. So get on the ship of your life’s adventure and enjoy being alive, remembering that you’re not alone!

Manuel Alejandro Patiño

Personal and professionally focused on integral wellness in mind, emotions, and body, as the main key to preventing toxic stress and chronic diseases. I try to be an example of what I teach, healing not just from the knowledge. I am also very adaptable to employeer’s requirements. I can understand and speak Spanish, English, and German very fluently.

More than 7 years of experience practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga and other meditation

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