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11 Songs to Help You Face Depression This Week

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Facing the world each morning can be difficult when you live with a mental illness. Depression, specifically, can make everyday tasks seem daunting. Getting out of bed and out the door can be a major accomplishment. And although music can’t cure depression (we wish), it’s scientifically proven to reduce stress and even depressive symptoms.

So, each week, we ask our readers what songs and lyrics have helped them through depression. If you need an extra boost this week, hopefully some of these can help.

1. “Every Storm” by Gary Allen

every storm


Every storm runs, runs out of rain, just like every dark night turns into day, every heartache will fade away.”

2. “Hand to Hold On To” by John Mellencamp

“Everyone needs a hand to hold on to. Don’t need to be no strong hand, don’t need to be no rich hand, everyone just needs a hand to hold on to.”

3. “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders

“So if you’re mad, get mad. Don’t hold it all inside, come on and talk to me now. Hey, what you got to hide?”

4. “I’m Moving On” by Rascal Flatts

Im moving on


“I’m movin’ on. At last I can see life has been patiently waiting for me. And I know there’s no guarantees, but I’m not alone.”

5. “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae

“Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams. Just go ahead, let your hair down, you’re gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.”

6. “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips

Hold On

“Don’t you know things can change? Things’ll go your way if you hold on for one more day. Can you hold on for one more day?”

7. “Details in the Fabric” by Jason Mraz

“Go on and scream, if you’re shocked it’s just the fault of faulty manufacturing.”

8. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson

“I’m gonna make a change. For once in my life it’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference, gonna make it right.”

9. “Daylight” by Matt and Kim


“I miss yellow lines in my roads, some color on monochrome. Maybe I’ll paint them in myself.”

10. “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba

“I get knocked down, but I get up again no they’re never gonna keep me down.”

11. “The Promise” by Emma Blackery

The Promise


“And I may not even know your name, but I promise you I’ve felt the same as you do right now. You’ll make it somehow.”

What song do you listen to when you’re feeling depressed? Let us know and we may feature it next week. Check out our previous list here.

If you or someone you know needs help, see our suicide prevention resources.

If you need support right now, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Originally published: March 14, 2016
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