Before I knew what to call the sadness, self-hatred and negative thoughts that consumed me, I would often sit in my room with the lights off and listen to a song on repeat. As a year-old girl, John Mayer. No matter what you struggle with, music is often a safe place we can turn. I played it on repeat for over two hours. If I made it this far, I can keep going. The chorus really hit.
2. “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato
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When life tries to break me down, only music can make me feel alright. Let me share music's greatest gift through my top playlists! Some would think that celebrities live a beautiful and perfect life, but some of us don't realize that they are human and feel how we all do. This is why there are a lot of sad songs that are made by singers who are personally experiencing hardships in their lives. Even to this day, there are issues that people tend to shy away from like mental health and how serious it is. They give voice to those who might fear speaking up. These great artists opened their hearts and gave us songs that get real about mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Here's a list of 35 amazingly heartfelt and incredibly honest songs that could help us understand anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. These songs give us the strength to live with our own daily battles with mental health.
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Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged and the second leading cause of death for young people aged These songs give us something to relate to when your life is going through a rough patch, but trust us, it ALWAYS gets better and there are plenty of avenues for you to get the help you need to keep going:. The song tells the story about someone who is about to die as they reflect on their wasted days due to substance abuse. Based upon the Columbine High School shooting, the song tells the story through the eye of the shooters. Pennywise re-recorded the song as a tribute for their former bandmate who took his own life in Deals with the emotional aftermath of a breakup where the protagonist overcomes suicidal thoughts and pleads for their ex to take them back after they fucked up. Dave Leaupepe wrote the song about his experiences during a suicidal bender he had back in , which resulted after his marriage was breaking down according to an interview with Rolling Stone Australia. Many new age music fans will recognise it as the song Limp Bizkit covered for the psychological thriller Gothika starring Halle Berry. The music video was made in collaboration with a suicide prevention organisation and featured fans and family members of fans who had taken their own lives. Frontman Sonny Sandoval told us during an interview, because of that, the band had a connection to the school and what happened.
Language often fails us when it comes to describing mental illness. And it can be hard to communicate your thoughts and needs to others — or even yourself — in a world that lacks a vocabulary for mental pain and wellness. Fortunately, where words fall short, music can often help bridge the gap. Music written from a mental health perspective can help you articulate experiences for which there are no words. It can distract you or lift your spirits in difficult times. What songs help you through tough times? Let us know in the comments.