One of the best ways to feel more understood and perhaps help work through and identify your own mental health problems is to find what you’re feeling represented in the media. One great way to do that is through music, as it is such a good way to express raw and painful emotions. So here are a few songs which do just that.
Shawn Mendes- In My Blood
Laying on the bathroom floor, feeling nothing. I’m overwhelmed and insecure, give me something I could take to ease my mind slowly.
This song is stripped back and raw, which makes the message even more emotional and I love the beautiful and profound simplicity of the music video. Despite some of the darker lyrics of this song, it’s quite a positive outlook on mental health, professing that it isn’t in the narrator’s blood to give up.
SEVENTEEN – TRAUMA
I don’t wanna be alone, no I don’t wanna be forgotten.
In TRAUMA, the rappers of SEVENTEEN talk about their own personal “traumas”. Things that they’ve struggled with in the past, or that they struggle with now. We all have things which we struggle with, which we can either let hold us back or we can use them to become better, so this is a really excellent song. Apart from that, it’s just such a good song in general.
Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are, and you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart.
As opposed to other songs on this list, this song isn’t about the narrator’s personal struggles with mental health, but rather talking to the listener, or talking about some person whom the narrator is observing who is struggling with her own self-worth and confidence. This performance in particular is very powerful.
Agust D – The Last
Depression, OCD, they keep coming back again from time to time. Hell no, perhaps that might be my true self.
This song is particularly brave, especially considering the social climate of South Korea, where mental health and getting psychological help is very much a taboo topic still, and talks about Agust D’s personal experience with issues such as depression, OCD and social anxiety in a reflective way.
So that’s it for this post! Songs are a great way to feel understood, but also to just let out some of your emotions so I hope some of these songs inspired you, motivated you or otherwise helped you.
What did you think of these songs? What songs would you add to this list?
Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.
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