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
Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water
#5 Overcomer - Mandisa
An inspirational song that radiates the message - you have the strength to "overcome" any obstacle that life may throw at you.
#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."
Album: The Truth About Love
#3 Lullaby - Nickelback
#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."
Album: Here and Now
#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.
Album: Automatic for the People
#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.
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.
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
Sponsor of this program focuses on resources for the competent school community
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Printed materials & resources
American Association of Suicidology
Data, resources, links
University of Southern Florida
Downloadable guide for a school suicide prevention program
NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINES
United States of America
Toll-Free / 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
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:
If you know another awesome song that is uplifting and inspirational, please place it in the comment section for other readers.