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7 Indie Songs for People Who Have Mental Illness

Posted on November 19, 2020
By Annabel Abbott-Ewen

The playlist featured below is filled with music ranging from indie to soft rock. It is music that has helped me through my journey of recovering from mental illness.Playlist

  1. This Is Home – Cavetown

Often, I am upset that I cannot fall in love, but I guess this avoids the stress of falling out of it. Are you tired of me yet? I’m a little sick right now but I swear when I’m ready I will fly us out of here.

This Is Home is an amazing song because it paints a clear image of living with mental illness and transgender dysphoria.

  1. Lullaby – Nickelback

So just give it one more try to a lullaby and turn this up on the radio; If you can hear me now, I’m reaching out to let you know that you’re not alone.

Lullaby is amazing to listen to when you feel at risk of self-harm or suicidal thoughts because it lets you know that you’re not alone in your struggles and that someone, somewhere, cares.

  1. Everything Is Temporary – Cavetown

Don’t fall down tonight, you’re alive and so am I.

Everything Is Temporary is beautiful because it carries a very powerful verse, “you’re alive and so am I”. It talks about how it’s important to listen, and I think that’s amazing.

  1. Coming Home Pt. 2 – Skylar Grey

I’m coming home, I’m coming home, tell the world I’m coming home. Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday. I know my kingdom awaits and they’ve forgiven my mistakes. I’m coming home, I’m coming home, tell the world I’m coming

Coming Home Pt. 2 is my go-to song when I feel homesick. It talks about some very important topics, from homesickness to forgiveness. It is a beautiful song that lifts me up whenever I wish to return home.

  1. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

Hey, don’t write yourself off yet. It’s only in your head you feel left out or looked down on. Just try your best, try everything you can, and don’t you worry what they tell themselves when you’re away.

The Middle is great because it talks in-depth about social anxiety, and how it’s only in your head that you feel left out. It speaks of trying your best and releasing worries of what others think of you.

  1. Saturn – Sleeping At Last

You taught me the courage of stars, before you left, how light carries on endlessly, even after death. With shortness of breath, you explained the infinite – how rare and beautiful it is, to even exist.

Saturn is a beautiful song about mourning, and the beauty of being alive. It is a soft song, with beautiful instrumentals that make you feel like you’re lost in space.

  1. Quiet Motions – mxmtoon

Isn’t it nice to be all by yourself? Walls don’t say words, my secrets, they won’t tell. These quiet motions, my favorite moments. Take my advice, isn’t it nice? Isn’t it nice?

Quiet Motions talks about how amazing it feels to be alone in your room, and how it’s okay to feel small and let out your emotions while in your room.

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Annabel Abbott-Ewen

By Annabel Abbott-Ewen

My name is Annabel Abbott-Ewen, and I am a youth residing in Sudbury, Ontario. I aspire to be a writer and to be able to move people with my words. I consider myself an advocate for youth with mental illness and children who live in foster care, as those are the areas in which I have the most personal experience.

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