Mental health is a topic that I feel quite strongly about. I’ve tragically lost a couple of friends to suicide and see more and more people (myself included) struggle with the daily stresses and challenges of day to day life. It’s especially worrisome when I read about the sky rocketing rates of depression and anxiety in our youth. Now that I’m a parent, this worries me even more. I wish, more than anything, that the stigma associated with mental health could be removed, so that anyone struggling to cope feels comfortable to reach out for help…
I’ve been extremely lucky to have an outlet for my emotions…Music!
It’s been well documented that music, both creating it and listening to it, can have a very positive effect on a person’s mental health. Music can help you focus, relax, express, feel, it can motivate and connect you socially….just to name a few of the positive benefits. And I can vouch for all of it! I don’t know what I’d do without it!
In 2010, a project was started in Perth by WAM called Music Feedback to help young people deal with anxiety and depression by building a community through music and to help remove the stigma associated with mental health. I was honoured to be asked to participate and talk about the songs I’ve written that deal with this topic. (Read on to find out more about those songs.)
They made several videos featuring different musicians talking about mental health. Here’s the video they made that I’m in. I’m on at 3′ 57″, but it’s worth watching the whole video for all the different insights shared by the other artists…
The first song I wrote dealing with this subject is called Stronger and it features on my album Universe. I’ve been blown away by how many people over the years have told me how much that song means to them. If you’d like to have a listen to the track, click here.
The song I sing in the above video is called Piece By Piece from the album of the same name. It’s about loving someone who lives closed within their self-built brick walls and trying to knock them down…piece by piece…
And then there’s She Cries, which was co-written with an ex-partner of mine. She also had her demons and wrote about them in a poem that she “conveniently” left out for me to find. I, of course, thought it would make a great song, so I put music to it. It is also on the Piece By Piece album, so if you’d like to listen to those two tracks, click this link.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about these tracks and if you have any stories you’d like to share with me about your own struggles or demons, or of those of your loved ones, then please leave a comment below…I’d love to hear them. As they say, sharing is caring, and I certainly do care when it comes to this matter!
And most importantly, if you feel your struggles are sometimes too much, please reach out for help. Know that you are definitely not alone! Here’s a great resource for finding support… Beyond Blue
Wishing you peace, health, love and Happiness!