Healing from Mental Illness: Two Things You Need

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Facebook Live: How to Cope with Depression 5 Minutes at a Time

“If only I could get a little relief from my depression.” Host and therapist, Emily Roberts, will share ways you can cope with depression in 5 minutes or less. Plus we’re looking for your depression self-care tips for when it gets really bad.

Join us Wednesday, April 25, at 8p ET/ 7 CT. If you have a question for Emily on this or any other mental health topic, you can ask it live or email it to us at least 4 hours prior to the live show. We look forward to seeing you..


When it comes to healing from mental illness, there are two key things that can help make that happen. Learn what they are on HealthyPlace.

Healing from Mental Illness: Two Things You Need

Is healing from mental illness even possible? Any mental illness can make life difficult because of the way it interferes in people’s thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and relationships.

It can sometimes seem as though nothing will ever get better. It’s normal to feel that way. The truth, though, is that as difficult as mental illness can be, it is not who you are. Therefore, you can heal.

Some mental illnesses, like some anxiety- and mood disorders, can be overcome, whereas others, such as dissociative- or psychotic disorders, have no permanent cure. Either way you can live well. Two important healing factors are:

  • Hope
  • Action

Hope is key to mental health recovery and is a crucial part of healing from mental illness. It’s an attitude and a core belief. When you have hope, you live with the mind-set that things can, and will, improve. Hope is what keeps us going when everything else tries to make us give up.

Action is just as important as hope. Action is the commitment to make hope a reality.

Hope is the part of you that whispers, “Things will get better.” Action is the part of you that shouts, “I will do something today to make things better.” We need both. Hope and action work together and allow us to heal from mental illness.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: What are important components in your own healing from mental illness or other challenges? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Sibling Abuse as a Result of Childhood Mental Illness
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If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Quote

"I will breathe. I will think of solutions, I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level break me. I will simply breathe. And it will be okay. Because I don't quit."

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, April 23). Healing from Mental Illness: Two Things You Need, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 15 from

Last Updated: April 26, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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