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Everybody Hurts: Music and Mental Health

It’s getting more challenging to post every day as part of the WordCount 2011 Blogathon (where we must blog every day in May) but I’m still committed to doing it even if it means including short posts every few days.

Today features one of those short posts…

One of millions

There are substantial references to mental health issues (depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bullying, etc.) within popular music. A facet of this may be the connection between creativity + emotional highs and lows.

“Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. is told from the point of view of someone comforting a friend who is suicidal. Here are the lyrics:

(Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)

When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone,
When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on
Don’t let yourself go, ’cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes

Sometimes everything is wrong. Now it’s time to sing along
When your day is night alone, (hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go, (hold on)
When you think you’ve had too much of this life, well hang on

‘Cause everybody hurts. Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts. Don’t throw your hand. Oh, no. Don’t throw your hand
If you feel like you’re alone, no, no, no, you are not alone

If you’re on your own in this life, the days and nights are long,
When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on

Well, everybody hurts sometimes,
Everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes
And everybody hurts sometimes. So, hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Everybody hurts. You are not alone.

This is one of my favourite songs; R.E.M is able to capture all that is mystical and soulful. What do these lyrics mean to you? What songs can you think of that touch on aspects of mental health?

I’m Coming Home… Welcome

No, this isn’t a blog about that fabulous song by Diddy though I do love  the tune. However, it is a “coming home” of sorts. The focus of this blog is – yup, you got it – children and mental health. Mental health is a subject that’s intrigued me for so long and, with the onset of blogging, I’m provided the opportunity to explore the subject in more detail and share ideas.

So, welcome one and all. Grab a coffee and pull up a chair. There’s more about me and my professional writing background on the About page. But, what will this blog focus on specifically? The plan is to home in on a wide range of mental health issues pertinent to professionals, children and families, including:

  • depression
  • ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • autism
  • anxiety
  • self-esteem
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder

Beyond common mental health issues and what’s new in this field, I plan address subjects in an off-beat way; perhaps look at the connections between mental health and music or children and poetry and philosophy. -So, it’s not just the science behind the diagnosis but exploring the many facets that make up who we are and why we are the way we are.

Once again, welcome. I hope the coffee was tasty and the text satisfying.What are your thoughts and ideas on the subject of kids and mental health? I’ve got reams of ideas but am open to hearing about yours, too.

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