You Are Strong Despite What Mental Illness Tells You

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Symptoms of mental illness can get in the way of your ability to be how you want to be and live how you want to live. But you are strong. We promise. Find out why at HealthyPlace.

Living with mental health challenges can be exhausting and discouraging. Symptoms of mental illness can get in the way of your ability to be how you want to be and live how you want to live. Not only that, they are often unpredictable. Sometimes they’re relatively mild and other times debilitating. Just when you think you’ve adjusted with how things are, things suddenly can change, throwing you for another loop and making you feel like you’re starting over, maybe even worse than before. It can be hard, too, to find people who truly understand the depths of what you have to endure every single day.

The purpose of this message is to let you know that you are amazingly strong. You are doing incredible things. Whether or not others understand, the most important thing is that you understand. Pause for a moment and turn inward. Gift yourself with soothing, deep breaths. Reflect on all the incredible things about you and what you do. This is just a partial list to get you started. Own each one, and then keep going. Build a list that honors and celebrates you and let yourself sit with it at least once a day.

  • You are awake, and your mind and body are functioning.
  • You are incredibly brave.
  • You are persistent, persevering even when you wonder why or don’t have the energy.
  • You are loving, and love is life’s driving force.
  • You are intelligent and wise, able to figure out all the complex nuances of living with mental illness.

Above all, you are. You are valuable. You matter.

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Positive Affirmation for When Life Feels Too Hard

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Thank you,

Community Partner Team - America's Mental Health Channel
"When you're at, you're never alone."

APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2021, December 28). You Are Strong Despite What Mental Illness Tells You, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 19 from

Last Updated: December 28, 2021

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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