I Grit My Teeth and Smile

This is a page of my Art Journal that I dedicated to the phrases I have heard over and over since opening up about my mental health journey. Phrases that I try to take kindly and compassionately as they are meant as I know the person saying them is only trying to help, but really, these are some of the most unhelpful things (in my opinion) that you can say to a person with mental health difficulties. Others may disagree, but these ones are some of my pet peeves…

Art Journal Entry, Pen and Watercolour Pencil on Paper. Copyright Katy Matilda Neo, 2017.


  1. Right there with you. So unhelpful. Just makes me feel worse and like there’s something wrong with me. Can’t believe I used to say these things to people, as well. It’s only when I went through it that I could finally see how unhelpful they are. Thanks for sharing!