20 May Songs to Check Out in Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s the time to acknowledge and take care of your brain’s health.. Many people indeed suffer from mental health issues, whether it’s depression or anxiety, and some may feel lonely. You can find mental health guidance online, and should seek professional help if needed. However, one of the greatest outlets are songs.
Musicians, like everyone, may suffer from mental health issues and express it in their music. Songs that acknowledge mental health or encourage peace and positivity can definitely help you feel seen and heard.
Here are several songs to check out to support mental health awareness.
Brandy – ‘Borderline’
R&B artist Brandy’s return to the music industry last year introduced us to one of her most vulnerable, authentic, raw performances yet.
The accompanying video to Brandy’s “Borderline” depicts the singer in a mental facility, wearing a straitjacket in a padded room. The video is cohesive with the song that explores the mental health side effects of love that isn’t reciprocated. In the end of the video, the singer acknowledges mental health and provides resources for others experiencing setbacks.
Tears for Fears – ‘Mad World’
This song by the band Tears For Fears, is one of the most popular songs about mental health today. While it may not be the best or uplifting song, it brings awareness to mental health issues, such as depression.
Jhené Aiko – ‘Born Tired’
Grammy-nominated artist Jhené Aiko’s entire song catalog may be the best music for mental health. Her soothing vocals are enough to keep you in a positive mood or make you cry.
Aiko sings through guitars and harps on “Born Tired.” She is serenades listeners ass she sings, “Rest your weary heart, try your teary eyes.” The song definitely gives you a lullaby effect. It’s comforting and it helps you acknowledge that you need a break but you’re okay.
Tame Impala – ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’
Made even more popular Rihanna’s 2016 song cover 2016, Tame Impala’s original rendition is a psychedelic take on pessimism and doubt.
The chorus, “Feel like a brand new person, but you make the same old mistakes” brings an interesting take on mental health issues and how many who struggle with it view reality.
Kehlani – ‘Grieving’ feat. James Blake
Mental health issues can result from things like having a stressful day at work, a bad break-up, or mourning a loss of a loved one. While this song isn’t about death, Kehlani and James Blake express the importance of “peace and quiet” and “peace of mind.”
Grieving can be a healing process, and it may be an important step in taking care of your mental health and finding your solitude.
Julia Michaels – ‘Anxiety’ feat. Selena Gomez
Many people don’t understand what it’s like to suffer from anxiety unless they have it. Described as a “female empowerment” anthem, both Julia Michaels and Selena Gomez take on an acoustic ballad about anxiety.
It’s definitely on of the best song to add on your mental health soundtrack.