Struggling with your mental health, whatever that might look like for you, can feel isolating. It can seem particularly debilitating if you’re convinced no one will understand what you’re going through or feel that, quite frankly, no one cares. But people from all walks of life — celebrities, athletes, your friends and family members, strangers passing by on the street — might in fact be working through similar problems themselves. And it’s not always apparent that someone is struggling, which means it’s important to trust your instincts and reach out to those you think could benefit from it.
That’s why we put together this playlist: to make sure you (and/or a loved one you can send this to) know that amid the uphill battle of finding clarity and stable ground, you are not alone. It tackles issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, self-harm, and suicide, and it might connect with an experience from your past or even your present. And if these songs aren’t your jam, you can listen to these uplifting hits meant to relieve your anxiety, melt your stress away, and warm your heart.
As Vanessa Hudgens told us in a past interview, listening to songs that match her mood and what she’s experiencing, “makes me feel like someone else is going through it with me and makes me feel a little less alone.” Keep reading to check out the full playlist, as well as a sneak peek of some of the songs and their messages.
Important note: If you’re feeling anxious or depressed and need help finding help or resources, call the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (1-240-485-1001) or the National Alliance on Mental Illness (1-800-950-6264). And, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has several resources and a 24/7 lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.