Mental Health is often a shunned disease, people are afraid of it, or perhaps ashamed of it, but it is out there and it is a major problem in the today’s world. Editor Tara bravely spoke out about her own battle with the illness in a recent post after she spoke to a band member on how his illness affected the band he was in. Over the course of running The Girls at the Rock Show, all of us have spoken to musicians that struggle with it or have family members who have it. I myself have two friends that have lost children to suicide just this year.
Last year, during SXSW I sat in an alley late at night with leadman Jamie Lee of Money, and we discussed the issue privately after his interview.
Money’s album, Suicide Songs, was my favorite album of 2016. It deals with Jamie’s own struggle with depression is deeply personal and emotional. This album helped me through my own struggle with a drug-induced depression that held on to me for the most part of last year. The song Hopeless World was played on repeat constantly as I tried to convince myself, that, as he says “I have never seen such a hopeless world, it’s beautiful”.
Music is entertaining to most of us but when you think of it, it is also very healing. Knowing someone out there that struggles with the same issue as you (be it a breakup, or a struggle with mental illness) is a comfort to us. We realize we are not alone. More and more musicians are turning to their own music to help themselves or loved ones with the issue, or maybe just to comfort themselves when someone close to them struggles on a daily base. The latest one to do this is Australian Hayden Calnin with his newest single Collison, a song he wrote for a friend who was in a really dark place. He had this to say about the single:
“‘Collision’ is maybe one of the hardest songs I’ve ever had to write. I wrote it in secret, not really showing anyone until I was comfortable with how it was sounding. It was never meant to be a song with all the hooks and all the standard rules in song structure that you’re meant to follow. I avoided that and just let it come out naturally. ‘Collision’ is an expression about a really dark time for a friend of mine. And, like my previous single, ’Waves’, following that exploration of mental health in young adults.”
Listen to the beautiful heartfelt song below:
National Institute of Mental Health Information Line: Provides information and literature on mental illness by disorder-for
professionals and general public. 1-800-647-2642
Youth Crisis Hotline: Crisis hotline and information & referral for runaways or youth in crisis 1-800-HIT-HOME, 1-800-448-4663
SAFE (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) 1-800-DONT-CUT, 1-800-366-8288
Alcohol and Drug Helpline – Provides referrals to local facilities where adolescents and adults can seek help. Brief intervention. 1-800-821-4357
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-8255