As a multiplatform storytelling organisation with a huge focus on the arts, we also include musicians among our volunteer MadArtists. Music shares so many wonderful, painful and beautiful stories about mental illness and mental health.
Some of the songs with special significance to us include:
Dreams, Fleetwood Mac– Mad Magpie: “Embarrassingly I only fell in love with this song when I heard the Deep Dish remix.”
Don’t stop believing, Journey – Mad Snorlax: “A hopeful song and who doesn’t love Journey -especially gleeks.”
Sorry not sorry, Demi Lovato – Mad Unicorn: “Sometimes we apologise for our madness but shouldn’t have to (plus the song relates to our favourite hashtag – #madnotmad).”
Don’t worry be happy, Bobby McFerrin – Caring Panda: “A cheerful mellow song to try and distract yourself from worries.”
Other great songs related to mental health
1-800-273-8255, Logic – about coming back from the brink of suicide (US Lifeline equivalent, call 13 11 14 for Lifeline Australia).
Wake Me Up When September Ends, Green Day – a story of grief and bereavement
Mad Not Mad, Madness – 1985 album and song title that we have borrowed for the hashtag #madnotmad).
The Monster, Eminem (feat. Rihanna) – themes of psychosis with delusions and hallucinations.
Fight Song, Rachel Platten – about fighting to take back control of your life.
Summertime Sadness, Lana Del Rey – about depression, love and the music video suggests also suicide.
I Miss You, Blink 182 – themes of death and sadness from a usually light-hearted pop punk band.
Everybody Hurts, REM – sober song to remind you that almost everyone is capable of a little bit of empathy.
Be careful listening to songs that remind you of trauma or have themes of suicide or self-harm. If a song is troubling, turn it off or leave the area where it is playing and call a helpline if you need someone to talk to.