The shocking deaths of Chris Cor­nell and Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton have peo­ple ask­ing for bet­ter dis­course on men­tal health. This month, we asked you...

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Your Shout -

We can all take a good look at our­selves be­fore bul­ly­ing peo­ple on­line based on their mu­si­cal tastes. What you find “shit” may have helped other peo­ple bat­tle their demons. Think about that be­fore you shit­post. LUCY MCCRAE I strug­gle with de­pres­sion. No one knows it’s hap­pen­ing un­less I ask for help. That’s what the metal com­mu­nity needs to un­der­stand: it’s OK to ask for help. You don’t have to project the im­age of a badass 24/7. The more you try deny­ing your demons the harder they are go­ing to get you.


On­go­ing dis­cus­sion is the key to des­tig­ma­ti­sa­tion. Maybe a monthly Ham­mer col­umn that ad­dresses is­sues in the com­mu­nity with a metal mu­si­cian who lives with men­tal ill­ness would be cool. You could talk about the mu­si­cian’s strug­gles along with the stigma around which­ever ill­ness is be­ing dis­cussed. I know many metal mu­si­cians have lost loved ones to

sui­cide and ad­dic­tion. In a way, the suf­fer­ing from men­tal con­di­tions is a cat­a­lyst for the pas­sion be­hind metal. It’s ev­er­p­re­sent in the com­mu­nity and yet sel­dom ad­dressed. ABBY BUCHANAN

It’s tough, as there is a risk of glam­ouris­ing men­tal health. It is in­grained into this type of mu­sic, which is why it at­tracts those that feel a dis­con­nect. And, for a teenager es­pe­cially, I think feel­ing like you’re just like that tragic soul­ful artist you idolise can be dan­ger­ous. But, on the flipside, it helps to know you’re not alone. Mu­sic can help those who are de­pressed and help let them get heard, feel less alone and give words to con­fus­ing feel­ings, but it’s not a ‘cure’ for those with a men­tal ill­ness – it’s an ill­ness, that kills.


even a fea­ture like this is a good thing. I have de­pres­sion and it’s nice to see and talk to oth­ers who have gone through or are go­ing through it. The fact is that, un­for­tu­nately, not ev­ery­one is go­ing to un­der­stand, but I think an­other sad fact is that some peo­ple do refuse help and then it be­comes a strug­gle be­cause oth­ers

will blame them­selves when in re­al­ity they are do­ing all they can. It took me the long­est time to start talk­ing about it and it is slowly help­ing. I’m far from the fin­ished ar­ti­cle but slow progress is bet­ter than no progress.

ANDY LOW­ERY I definitely think metal mu­sic helps a lot of peo­ple. I re­mem­ber robb Flynn say­ing a lot of his fans come and tell him that the live ver­sion of Crash­ing Around You with the ex­tended in­tro helped a lot of them re­alise they weren’t alone. We could all do more, though.


I only ever seem to see any­thing about it in the metal scene af­ter some­one has a melt­down or takes their own life. Ginger Wild­heart is very open about his strug­gles and the work he does try­ing to raise aware­ness. I was lucky in that he per­son­ally sat down with me a few months back and gave me some re­ally good ad­vice on things af­ter I tried to take my own life. Un­less you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced life on the road, you’ll never un­der­stand how easy it is for artists to start strug­gling with things. ALEUTIA SHAN­NON

Find the artists who give you a feel­ing of love or car­ing in the world. For ex­am­ple, lis­ten­ing to Kill­switch en­gage and Lamb Of God helped me through a lot of stuff in the past, men­tally. Mu­sic is a tool you should use to get in­ner feel­ings and emo­tions out. Play­ing mu­sic is an even bet­ter way of achiev­ing self­seren­ity. Play­ing and per­form­ing mu­sic through my teenage years kept me from do­ing a lot of harm­ful drugs and ac­tiv­i­ties. I’ve never even smoked a cig­a­rette in my en­tire life and I thank the love of gui­tar and singing for that as it con­sumed the vast ma­jor­ity of my time and think­ing.



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