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When You Feel Like You've Hit the Bottom: Music Can Help

The six most inspirational songs when you need to be uplifted.

What makes music so therapeutic? Is it the artist's way of reaching into the very core of what's going on in our lives and speaking directly to us? Songs can touch our lives in so many ways. We can connect with the words, feelings and messages. Songs can even spark memories, instill hope, and change lives...

March is Self-harm Awareness Month, so in an effort to tie music into therapeutic healing, I went in search for what I consider the six best songs that offer hope in a time that may seem hopeless. If you're feeling like you've hit rock bottom, then you may find peace in one of these powerful and inspirational songs.

The six best inspirational songs:

#6  Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel

This all-time classic song reminds us of the importance of true friendship during troubled times.

Artist: Simon and Garfunkel

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Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water

Released: 1970

Video:

http://www.vevo.com/watch/simon-garfunkel/bridge-over-troubled-water-audio/USSM21300111

Artist Site:

http://www.simonandgarfunkel.com/us/home

#5 Overcomer - Mandisa

An inspirational song that radiates the message - you have the strength to "overcome" any obstacle that life may throw at you.

Artist: Mandisa

Album: Overcomer

Released: 2013

Video:

http://mandisaofficial.com/home/videos/

Artist Site:

http://mandisaofficial.com

#4 The Great Escape - Pink

Pink's song is one of reaching out of the darkness and into the light; even when you feel that the darkness consumes you. You are loved and those who surround you aren't going to let you make "The Great Escape."

Artist: P!nk

Album: The Truth About Love

Released: 2012

Video:

http://www.vevo.com/watch/pink/the-great-escape-official-lyric-video/USRV81200324

Artist Site:

http://www.pinkspage.com/us/home

#3 Lullaby - Nickelback

This song is one of pure inspiration. The artists' really connect with a broken soul and offer faith, hope, and peace. Their plea "give it one more try."

Artist: Nickelback

Album: Here and Now

Released: 2011

Video: 

http://vimeo.com/39018160

Artist Site:

http://www.nickelback.com/

#2 Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.

R.E.M.'s classic song is an overwhelming powerful song. REM hits the "nail on the head" with the message in this song because at some time in our life we hurt.

Artist: R.E.M.

Album: Automatic for the People

Released: 1992

Video:

http://remhq.com/hqtv/videos/music-videos/everybody-hurts

Artist Site:

http://remhq.com/index.php

#1 The Last Night -Skillet

I was at a concert when I heard Skillet's lead vocalist, John Cooper, tell how this song saved a life. The message behind this song is: You are not alone in your struggles. You are here for a purpose greater than the human mind can fathom. Trust and reach out for help, you don't have to feel this way. Don't give up, it does get better. Life is worth living. 

Artist: Skillet

Album: Comatose

Released: 2006

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP0Ne9aW7UI&feature=kp

Artist Site:

http://www.skillet.com/

These songs are only a few of the tens of thousands that have changed lives and possibly even saved them... If you are feeling like you've hit rock bottom - you are NOT alone. People love you and care for you. It does get better. There is a list of resources that follow this blog. Each association/organization offers help and information on self-harm and suicide. What you are experiencing now is just a moment in time, it's not always going to be like this. Please reach out and get help; your life is important.

If you know of a song that instills the message of hope and healing, please share it in the comment section of this blog. If you have a story behind it, and you feel compelled to share it, please do so others may connect with your experience.

 

Suicide Resources:

Click to a directory of therapists in your area. 

www.sptsnj.org
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
Sponsor of this program focuses on resources for the competent school community

www.sprc.org
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
National Resource

www.afsp.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Printed materials & resources

www.suicidology.org
American Association of Suicidology
Data, resources, links

http://theguide.fmhi.usf.edu/
University of Southern Florida
Downloadable guide for a school suicide prevention program

www.samhsa.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

http://www.samhsa.gov/SAMHSAnewsLetter/Volume_18_Number_5/ResourcesAtAGlance.aspx

www.cdc.gov
Center for Disease Control
http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/

www.yspp.org
Youth Suicide Prevention Program
http://www.yspp.org//

NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINES 
United States of America

Toll-Free / 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-273-TALK

 

Self-Injury Resources:

Click to a directory of therapists in your area. 

Cornell University Research Center on Self-Injury: http://www.crpsib.com/default.asp

Self Injury Foundation: this foundation promotes awareness for those who self-injure and works to provide funding for research, advocacy, and support for those who self-injure and their families.       1-800-334-HELPhttp://www.selfinjury.com/

Adolescent Self Injury Foundation: an organization that works to raise awareness about adolescent self-injury and provides education, prevention tips, and resources for self-injurious adolescents and their families.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Self-Injury Helpline: 1-800-DONT-CUT (366-8288)

24-hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK

Self-injury Help Guides: 

http://helpguide.org/mental/self_injury.htm

http://www.westminster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/45729/Self-Harm_Suicide-thoughts_Mind-Matter-Lflet-BACK-COVER--.pdf

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/content/assets/PDF/publications/truth_about_self_harm.pdf

If you know another awesome song that is uplifting and inspirational, please place it in the comment section for other readers.

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., L.P.C., is the author of The Anger Workbook for Teens.

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