The following is a submission from a member of our community about how music has helped them heal. If you have a story to share pleas email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"When I was in 8th grade my best friend killed herself. My entire friend group was devastated, and no one really knew how to cope. I began to play music when we would hang out, and everyone would get so into it. We would all sing along and laugh and seemingly forget about our problems for a while.
We connected over music and felt the pain fade away.
More recently, I lost my girlfriend of over 2 and a half years. My first long term relationship. This occurred simultaneously with other serious life changes; I had just gotten a job and started college. My life was not in a good place, full of constant stress and anxiety. At this point I began to rely on heavy music, listening to records multiple times every day. Every time I felt very down or suicidal I would put on aggressive music, and it helped me relax and relieve stress.
Music is a major part of my life and I don't think I would be here if it wasn't for music."