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Mental Health Matters: My Work with Therapy

(photo credit: Danny DeRusso) I was born in love with my life. I was born in love with myself and I felt like that self-respect was connected to how much potential I had to squeeze every ounce of joy and success out of living that I could. I started self-harming when I was 11. I developed an eating disorder when I was 13. By 25, I was drinking to black out daily and had torpedoed most of my personal relationships. I assumed I had depression because I couldn’t shake this…

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Mental Health Matters: Change the Stigma

It’s junior year of college at NYU. My apartment had turned into the manifestation of my mind – instruments all over the floor, dishes in the sink that hadn’t been washed in weeks with fruit flies marking their territory, clothes in every corner and all the blinds shut tight. It was psychological rock bottom. I was sitting on my bed and a beam of light broke through the window shade and hit me on my chest. I knew in that moment that I had a choice, I could live or…

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Mental Health Matters: Overcoming Your Ocean

I believe every song has a story and every song is a story. Many of us have music playing throughout the entire day, but do we ever stop and listen to the lyrics, think about their meaning, or about what brought the artist or songwriter to share that story? As a songwriter and an artist, I am blessed to be able to use music as a way to touch people, and also use it as a way to heal myself. Back in January of 2017, I started writing for my…

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Mental Health Matters: When an answer isn’t “the” answer—but you keep moving forward anyway

It was coming up to New Year in the Czech Republic, where I had moved since breaking up with my long-term boyfriend. I was a tired cliché: a failing musician who’d reached her 30s and realised that the music career clock had all but stopped ticking and ended up clinically depressed. Yawn. The irony for me was that I had achieved some significant things that were steps capable of taking me closer to my goals. But I couldn’t see them as such, because that’s what depression does: it robs you…

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Mental Health Matters: Accepting Help

We always try to encourage and talk about how it’s okay to seek help with our mental illness, but we never talk about how hard giving ourselves permission to receive that help can be. I’m in that position right now actually. These past few months have been very difficult, from the birthday of my departed best friend, to my father holding my mother and I at gun point. After I moved in with my two friends, I cried on the floor in my new-found home for over a week straight….

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Mental Health Matters: The Power of a Support System

When it comes to mental health, being part of a band can be the best means of venting, but can also start to deteriorate you if you’re not careful. Time and time again we see bands and individuals, famous or not, dealing with this. Tours get cancelled, bands break apart, and some even turn to self-harm acts. This resonates with us in such an impactful way because this can and has happened to us, our friends, and our bandmates. As a band, we established friendship with each other from the…

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Mental Health Matters: Self-Care & Dealing With Depression

Another day passes by, everything looks normal; it’s just life, sometimes stressful, sometimes quiet. Even though we have people around who love us and we love, there’s something that doesn’t feel quite right. Sudden changes in mood, that become hard to understand, one minute we’re laughing our heads off and the minute later we just want to be alone all by ourselves and even cry for no reason. Being a workaholic has made me forget about all these feelings that I’ve been carrying in my heart for so long. Growing…

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Mental Health Matters: Overthinking

It’s normal for me to overthink things. From the small day to day elements that hardly get a second mention, to the overarching difficulties in life that feel sticky in my head, there’s always something coming back to me again and again. When I’m going through life as I usually do, I’ve learned to combine a healthy mix of a stimulating and busy schedule, a calm, direct approach to over thought worries and being honest with my friends and family as a means to overcome. It’s important to both not…

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Mental Health Matters: The Lies Our Mental Illness Tells Us

Sometimes we need help living with our mental illness, and that’s okay. Sometimes it can get too much, and I understand that. I, myself, suffer from depression and anxiety. Often, we feel scared and ashamed to ask for help; Or even simply talking about how we feel. We shouldn’t, and we know that, but we do anyway. That’s just another lie our mental illness tells us; “We’ll just be a burden” or “we’ll cause unnecessary worry.”  You aren’t a burden. They love you. You see we need to be honest…

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Mental Health Matters: Give Yourself Permission to be More Than Your Passion

I have been labeled an “overachiever” by family and faculty for as long as I can remember. My parents wanted me to do well, but I pushed myself harder than they ever did. My father struggled with alcoholism, leading to a tumultuous relationship between my parents, and a distant one between he and I. I worked hard to become great enough at something that marriage never became a necessary path for survival. Once I knew the Music Industry was something I wanted to be a part of, there was no…

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