Ok, so I’m a little bit of a quote junkie. I have quotes on my goodreads, dozens of quote notebooks and my bedroom walls are full of scraps of paper with bookish quotes on them. For me there is nothing as magical as finding that perfect quote that just makes you feel so inspired. I am constantly finding new and interesting quotes from books that I’ve never read before and it always makes me pick up the book and give it a go.
So that’s why I’ve decided to start this new feature ‘Bookish Words & Wisdoms’ in which every so often I will share one of my favourite quotes with you, and hopefully inspire you to try something new.
As this week is Mental Health Awareness week I thought it was only fitting to chose a quote to match.
This quote comes from All the Bright Places, an extraordinary debut from Jennifer Niven. The book is, well emotional, and contains some beautifully written characters who battle with their own struggles and mental health.
I think it’s impossible to not know someone with mental health problems in the world today, and someone close to me has told me something very similar to this quote about their own struggles with mental health illnesses.
Mental health is still something that comes with a stigma attached to it and with the “what have you got to be unhappy about” or “just smile, you’ll feel better soon” responses from people who just don’t fully understand it.
This quote reminded me of how much further we have to go in our battle against Mental Health stigma, and just how much support our friends, family and work colleagues who suffer with mental illness need from us.