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Starting the Conversation: What to Write In a Mental Health Greeting Card

Posted by Sophie on 12th May 2021

Starting the Conversation: What to Write In a Mental Health Greeting Card

In recognition of  Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to acknowledge the power of arts and crafts in helping people find and receive comfort. As creatives, there’s an ineffable joy to crafting; whether it’s origami or a scrapbook, making things with your hands provides a sense of accomplishment.

But the beauty of crafting also lies in its ability to brighten someone’s day. When we gift our creations, we’re also sending heartfelt reminders of our love and well wishes.


With one in six people in England experiencing a common mental health problem (e.g., depression and anxiety) in any given week, even the simplest gestures can go a long way in lifting someone’s spirit. This is where handmade greeting cards can come in.

Admittedly, conversations about mental health can be tricky. What can you say and not come off as insensitive? How can you write a genuine message without being too dour? In any case, what’s clear is that knowing someone is unwell and not reaching out is a callous thing to do.

With that being said, we’ve put together some ideas and one-liners that you can take inspiration from when writing your mental health greeting cards this month.

Supportive Messages

When in doubt, a genuine, heartfelt message is enough to say volumes.

  • When you’re ready to be with your friends, we’ll be waiting for you with open arms.
  • Sending you the warmest hugs and the happiest thoughts for when you’re feeling blue.
  • I don’t have any wise words or advice...just love and hope for you to get better soon.
  • I don’t know what it’s like to be depressed. And I wish with all my heart that you didn’t have to, either. Remember, I’m just a message away.
  • For those times when you can’t see the light in you, know that I have a record of all the things that make you an incredible person.
  • True friendship means being there for the people you love in their saddest moments. I hope you know I’m your friend now, as always.

Quotes About Mental Health

When words escape you, try starting your card with a poignant quote about mental health.

  • “When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers
  • “One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” — Linda Poindexter
  • “You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious.” — Lori Deschene
  • “The humanity we all share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not.” ― Elyn R. Saks

Funny Messages

A word of caution — send funny greeting cards about mental health to people you’re super familiar with — a loved one that’s on the same wavelength as you when it comes to humour.

  • I know things are hard right now, but at least you’ve got someone like me as your friend.
  • Whenever you need someone to stress-eat ice cream and pizza with, I’ve got you covered.
  • In the words of our saviour Kelly Clarkson, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Stroooonger!”
  • If you need, you need me to be with you. I will follow where you lead. – I didn’t know what to write so I used the Gilmore Girls’ song.
  • Heard you took a little mental stumble. Ever thought about making it part of a dance?
  • Your friends will tell you they care about you right now. But don’t forget that I care the most. Me. Period.
  • If you don’t get better this instant I’m going to show everyone your yearbook photo.

Mental Health Greeting Card Ideas

We’ve also rounded up some printables, templates and other design ideas to inspire your DIY greeting card project.

Printable from Bring Change to Mind

Printable from Bring Change to Mind

Template from Canva

Design from Hope Street


We hope these messages and greeting card designs help you put your thoughts to paper. When you’re ready to start crafting, The Paperbox is here for you with our range of stationery and paper materials. Explore our collection of greeting card supplies, card blanks, envelopes, and accessories, and get free UK shipping on all orders over £3.50.