Songs that talk about mental health

While it seems like most of us have a hard time talking about mental illnesses in real life, music has always been a way to express what is hard to say out loud. Maybe before you realized what you were experiencing had a name, a certain song let you know that at the very last, you weren’t alone.

Here are songs that talk about mental health problems. For the Spotify playlist, click here.

Troye Sivan – ‘Happy Little Pill’

My happy little pill
Take me away
Dry my eyes
Bring colour to my skies

Linkin Park – ‘Bleed It Out’

F_ck this hurts, I won’t lie
Doesn’t matter how hard I try
Half the words don’t mean a thing
And I know that I won’t be satisfied

Halsey – ‘Control’

And I’ve grown familiar
With villains that live in my head
They beg me to write them
So I’ll never die when I’m dead

The Neighbourhood – ‘Afraid’

Being me can only mean
Feeling scared to breathe
If you leave me then
I’ll be afraid of everything

Green Day – ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’

Wake me up when September ends
Like my father’s come to pass
Twenty years has gone so fast
Wake me up when September ends

Linkin Park – ‘Crawling’

There’s something inside me that pulls beneath the surface
Consuming, confusing
This lack of self control I fear is never ending
Controlling
I can’t seem
To find myself again
My walls are closing in
(Without a sense of confidence I’m convinced
That there’s just too much pressure to take)
I’ve felt this way before
So insecure

Blink 182 – ‘I Miss You’

This sick strange darkness
Comes creeping on so haunting every time
And as I stared I counted
The Webs from all the spiders
Catching things and eating their insides

Alessia Cara- ‘Here’

I don’t dance, don’t ask, I don’t need a boyfriend
So you can go back, please enjoy your party
I’ll be here, somewhere in the corner
Under clouds of marijuana

My Chemical Romance – ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’

You said you read me like a book
But the pages all are torn and frayed

Rachel Platten – ‘Fight Song’

And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?

Demi Lovato – ‘Warrior’

All the pain and the truth
I wear like a battle wound
So ashamed, so confused
I was broken and bruised

Linkin Park – ‘Breaking the Habit’

I don’t know what’s worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
I don’t know why I instigate
And say what I don’t mean
I don’t know how I got this way
I know it’s not alright
So I’m breaking the habit
I’m breaking the habit tonight

Sia – ‘Breathe Me’

Ouch, I have lost myself again
Lost myself and I am nowhere to be found
Yeah I think that I might break
Lost myself again, and I feel unsafe

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Drown’

What doesn’t destroy you, leaves you broken instead
Got a hole in my soul growing deeper and deeper
And I can’t take one more moment of this silence
The loneliness is haunting me
And the weight of the world’s getting harder to hold up

Linkin Park – ‘Numb’

Can’t you see that you’re smothering me?
Holding too tightly, afraid to lose control?
‘Cause everything that you thought I would be
Has fallen apart, right in front of you

Eminem (feat. Rihanna) – ‘The Monster’

I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head

Gary Jules – ‘Mad World’

And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very very
Mad world, mad world

Linkin Park – ‘Leave Out All The Rest’

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I’ve done
Help me leave behind
Some reasons to be missed

Logic Ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – ‘1-800-273-8255’

It’s holding on, though the road’s long
And seeing light in the darkest things
And when you stare at your reflection
Finally knowing who it is
I know that you’ll thank God you did

Soundgarden – ‘Boot Camp’

There must be something else
There must be something good
Far away
Far away from here

Nirvana – ‘Lithium’

I’m so happy because today
I’ve found my friends
They’re in my head

Demi Lovato – ‘Skyscraper’

You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I’m made of glass
Like I’m made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper

Linkin Park – A Place For My Head

I’m so sick of the tension, sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
Find another place to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest


Dim the Spotlight on… – a series on my blog discussing deceased public figures who battled mental health problems/illnesses when alive.

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