The Not-So-Secret Key to Building Mental Strength

From a standing start, you can build it.

Karen Nimmo
4 min readMay 29, 2024


Image by Freepik

Mental strength is on everyone’s wish list.

Why wouldn’t it be? Whoever you are, whatever you do, your ability to survive life’s slings and arrows — and beyond that, thrive — will define the quality of your life.

When you’re struggling with your mental health, or you’ve had a setback in your life, it’s common to believe you lack resilience or mental strength. But stop right there.


  • Many people with mental health problems show massive inner strength just to get through their days.
  • Having mental health struggles doesn’t mean you can’t achieve greatly.
  • Setbacks and disappointment are just stepping stones on the road to success (as long as you see them that way).

And, most importantly, mental strength isn’t set in concrete. From a standing start, you can build it.

IF you commit to it.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from…



Karen Nimmo

Clinical psychologist, author of 4 books. Editor of On the Couch: Practical psychology for health and happiness.