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Mental health stigma quotes: #EndTheStigma

Every day, in every conceivable way, we need to stand up against the stigma of mental illness. Here are some awesome mental health stigma quotes by activists, bloggers, writers who are fighting the stigma of mental illness every single day.

B.L.Acker has been fighting the stigma of mental illness one tweet at a time since 2014: @Siusy415. You can read more about mental illness and stigma on their blogs Unlovable and Sanity from an Insane Mind.

'We need to face stigma head on and erase it.' -- B. L. Acker @Siusy415 Click To Tweet

Abhijit Naskar is one of the world’s most well-known neuroscientists. They are an international bestselling author of numerous books and an untiring advocate against the stigma of mental illness. In many of their books, you can find quotes about mental illness stigma. This is one of our favorites:

'We need to face stigma head on and erase it.' -- B. L. Acker @Siusy415 Click To Tweet

Al Levin has been blogging and tweeting about depression since 2016. Al has written numerous articles about mental illness stigma and the need to end the stigma of mental illness, which Al argues leads to discrimination and bigotry against people with mental illness. You will find plenty of mental health stigma quotes in his blog – The Depression Files, including this one:

'There is no shame in seeking support for a mental more shame than seeking help for cancer, heart disease or any other serious illness.' -- Al Levin @allevin18 Click To Tweet

We particularly love this mental health stigma quote by Hannah Blum. Ever since being hospitalized at the age of 20 with a mental illness, Hannah has been an outspoken advocate fighting the stigma of mental illness. Hannah is the author of The Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-love and the founder of the #SlayStigma movement on social media.

'When you live with depression, anxiety, or any mental illness, you spend most of your time 'trying to explain' yourself over taking care of yourself.' ― Hannah Blum @hannahdblum Click To Tweet

Seaneen Molloy is a feminist writer from Northern Ireland who has been writing about mental illness since 2007 after she was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. You find plenty of Seaneen’s musings on mental illness stigma on her blog: The Secret Life a Manic Depressive.

'The onus on fighting stigma shouldn't just be on us, but on the people who treat us, the people whom we work for, the people who love us.'- by Mentally Interesting @ms_molly_vog Click To Tweet

Ahmed Hankir is a mental health campaigner, researcher, and physician working for the U.K. National Health Service. While in medical school Ahmed developed an episode of psychological distress triggered by the 2006 Lebanon War. It was at this time he experienced first-hand the stigma of mental illness. Ever since then he has been challenging mental health stigma and Islamophobia, primarily through “The Wounded Healer” initiative, which aims to challenge mental health stigma and encourage care-seeking amongst health professionals.

'With mental illness, symptoms are what damage you. With stigma, humans are what harm you. I think humans can be more devastating than symptoms when it comes to mental illness' --The Wounded Healer @ahmedhankir Click To Tweet

Bandy X Lee, MD, is an assistant clinical professor, at the Yale School of Medicine, Yale University, who has written numerous published articles on mental illness stigma.

'Stigma is a form of violence. It originates from ignorance or misunderstanding and harms those suffering from mental illness by depriving them of their humanity.' @BandyXLee1 Click To Tweet

'Invoking #mentalhealth as an insult further stigmatizes those already suffering in harmful ways.' @BandyXLee1 Click To Tweet

Mark Freeman is a passionate mental health advocate, recovery coach and author of You Are Not a Rock: A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Mental Health (for Humans)

'Avoiding talking about mental health because of fear or anxiety would be no different than avoiding any other experience because of fear and anxiety. It’s not healthy.' -- Mark Freeman @thepathtochange Click To Tweet

Ashley Ford-McAllister was raised working poor, diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2007; and is on a lifelong learning curve based on these two core points.

Stigma reinforces the barriers that prevent people, whatever their personal identity and experience, from being seen and accepted as ‘normal’ -- Ashley Ford-McAllister Click To Tweet

Liza Long is a writer, educator, and mental health advocate advocating against the stigma of mental illness. She has been writing a blog, The Anarchist Soccer Mom, since 2007. Liza was the author of the 2012 viral essay, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” about her own son and the stigma of mental illness in the U.S. following the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. She is also the author of The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness. Her mental health stigma quotes are spot on, especially this one on treating mental illness as an illness.

'You know what might end the stigma of mental illness? Treating it for what it is: illness.' -- Liza Long @anarchistmom Click To Tweet

Therese Borchard is an award-winning blogger and writer who is passionate about ending the stigma of mental illness. Contributing Editor at HealthCentral and Associate Editor at PsychCentral. She is the founder of the online depression communities Project Hope & Beyond and Group Beyond Blue.

'You know what might end the stigma of mental illness? Treating it for what it is: illness.' -- Liza Long @anarchistmom Click To Tweet

'I have a dream that one-day depression, bipolar disorder, and all kinds of mental illness will lose their stigma, that I won’t have to whisper the word 'Zoloft' to the pharmacist at Rite Aid' -- Therese Borchard @thereseborchard Click To Tweet

Natasha Tracy is an award-winning mental illness advocate and author of Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression and Bipolar. Her blog, Bipolar Burble, has been named a top 10 health blog by Healthista,, Healthline, Medical News Today, and others. She has written extensively on the topic of mental illness stigma and has provided many quotes about mental illness stigma.

'Stigma is a fluffy concept about how others feel about those with a mental illness and we need to be focusing on how people with a mental illness are treated. It’s discrimination and prejudice that matters, not fluffy feelings.'… Click To Tweet

Kelly Jean is a blogger and photographer from Somerset, England. Her blog, Anxious Lass, explores a wide range of social anxiety and general mental health issues, including the stigma of mental illness.

'How can we fight stigma when we hold each other to the same stigmas we are trying to fight?' -- Kelly Jean @Anxiouslass Click To Tweet

Through his blog, A Splintered Mind, Douglas R. Cootey’s blog advocates for an end to mental illness stigma through an increased understanding of ADHD and depression. His book, Saying “No” to Suicide: Coping Strategies for People Dealing with Suicidism and for the Loved Ones Who Support Them, was published in 2015.

'There isn’t just one way to write about overcoming depression. We need more voices to fight stigma and reach people who still struggle.' -- D.R. Cootey ? @SplinteredMind Click To Tweet

Ruby Wax, OBE, is an American actress, mental health campaigner, lecturer, and author. Wax pursued a distinguished academic career, graduating in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and gaining a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford University. Throughout her books, you can find succinct quotes about mental illness stigma that resonate.

'This disease comes with a package: shame. When any other part of your body gets sick, you get sympathy.' @Rubywax Click To Tweet

Brad Hoefs is the President of Fresh Hope, a network of Christian support groups for those who suffer from mood disorders and their loved ones. A certified peer specialist and mental health advocate who was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder in 1995, Brad is committed to helping break the stigma of mental illness.

'Stigma keeps mental health chained by fear, the fear of others finding out.' -- Brad Hoefs @4FreshHope Click To Tweet

In 2015 Jennifer Marshall and Anne Marie Ames co-founded This Is My Brave, a community platform for people living with mental illness. The platform encourages people to share their stories and help reduce the stigma of mental illness. Jennifer, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Bipolar Disorder in 2006, is a mental illness advocate who believes it is better to live openly with a diagnosis.

'My time to stand up to stigma is now.' -- Jennifer Marshall @BipolarMomLife Click To Tweet

'I knew that I'd never be able to make the impact on reducing stigma the way I wanted to until I put my true identity on my story.' -- Jennifer Marshall @BipolarMomLife Click To Tweet

Ashley L Peterson is a Canadian mental illness stigma warrior, who blogs about mental health at Mental Health @ Home. Ashley, who holds a Master of Psychiatric Nursing, has three books published, the most recent one earlier this year: Managing the Depression Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together

'We need to challenge ignorance and stigma. When this is coming from organizations or public figures, we absolutely need to call them out on it.' -- Ashley L Peterson @MH_at_home Click To Tweet

David Susman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has written extensively about mental illness stigma on his personal blog. David believes that by getting more involved in mental health advocacy, we can make a difference to address the stigma of mental illness. Of all his mental health stigma quotes, this one definitely speaks to us.

'I can be aware of stigma and discrimination directed toward people with mental illness, but unless I change my attitudes and behaviors toward them, nothing will be different.' -- @DavidSusman PhD Click To Tweet

Jessica Renee Dawson is an award-winning artist and published poet with physical disabilities and schizophrenia who wrote a compelling article for Chipur on mental illness stigma, The Silence of Stigma (“Shhh!”).

'Having my diagnosis kept from me may or may not have protected me from stigma, but it did keep me from services, support, and the medication needed for my medical issues.' -- Jessica Dawson @live_the_light Click To Tweet

Elyn R. Saks is an expert in mental health law. She is an Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School. She is the award-winning author of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.

'Stigma against mental illness is a scourge with many faces, and the medical community wears a number of those faces' - Elyn R. Saks Click To Tweet

Michelle Obama is an American attorney and best-selling author who was the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. In recent years she has revealed publicly her own struggles with mental illness and has become a vocal advocate for ending the stigma of mental illness. These mental illness quotes highlight the power of words.

“ '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 distraction.' @MichelleObama Click To Tweet

'Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg, or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.' @MichelleObama Click To Tweet

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'There isn’t just one way to write about overcoming depression. We need more voices to fight stigma and reach people who still struggle.' -- D.R. Cootey