This is the last week of Mental Health Awareness month, but unfortunately, the suffering for those with mental illnesses continues, as does the stigma, which arguably, does the most harm. Did you know 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from a mental illness in any given year? I know, thanks to Nikki’s efforts last year in opening up about her own struggles. The truly heartbreaking thing about this, is the knowledge that those “1 in 5” aren’t getting the help they need, and it’s only partly because the help isn’t there. The other part is the stigma. It stands to reason that, if we reduce the stigma, we might be able to increase the odds of a person getting help, and making that person’s life so much easier. I don’t know about you all, but it’s worth it to me.
Now, onto the main event. The final song for this month is by an Irish singer, Rosie Carney. I had never heard of her before this year, but apparently she is very open with her own struggles. Her calls for reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses is also echoed in her song, “Awake Me.”
Week three of Mental Health Awareness month and this is a song that always makes me cry. There are many celebrities who struggle with mental health issues. Some of them keep it to themselves, and some, like musicians Chester Bennington and Justin Furstenfeld, turned their struggles into art. You’ll see plenty of Chester and Linkin Park around here eventually, but for today, here’s “Hate Me” by Blue October.
For week two of Mental Health Awareness month, I’m bringing you more rock. Two very important people in my life suffer from anxiety, among other things, and the daily battle is real. This song by The Veer Union is all about fighting the “enemy” in your head “until the bitter end.”
May is Mental Health Awareness month and for the first song, I’d like to introduce you all to Gemini Syndrome. “Metal” music gets such a bad rap sometimes, but you’d be surprised how much meaning some of the songs pack in. “Remember We Die” packs in a plea for anyone struggling to keep holding on, as well as the reminder that there will be “plenty of time to see the other side,” so until then, “just let the light shine from your soul.”
Part of the Military Awareness Month. “Sullivan” is based off of the true story of The Sullivan Five, where five brothers were lost while serving together. This event changed the way the military handles these matters, and was directly responsible for the creation of the Sole Survivor Policy in place today.