As you may know, at 6/8 Music we strive to highlight women artists who inspire us, teach us, and shine light upon the world through music, and beyond. We post about topics that are near and dear to us, and one of those topics is health. That’s why in the past, several of our 6/8 Music staff members have chimed in with their words of wisdom on self-care and mental health (see links below). As CEO of the company, I am such an advocate of self-care that when 6/8 Music inevitably becomes a billion dollar company like Google, we will have fancy napping pods, a playroom with puppies and kittens, a massage center, meditation, yoga sessions, free studio time, and the works! But for now, we have our once-a-month company Spa Days 😉
For Mental Health Awareness Month, we not only wanted to encourage you to revisit our blogs on the topic, but to highlight the amazing female artists of today who remind us through their music, powerful words, and actions that we all have something profound in common: we’re only human.
We present to you brave and candid words from some of our favorite female artists, both independent and non-independent, our blogs on mental health and music, and at the bottom a few resources you can reach out to today for further research and self-care.
– Sinem Saniye, Founder/CEO of 6/8 Music
Words of Wisdom:
“This is an ongoing process and the hardest part about these diseases is that they’re things that I’m going to have to face every day for the rest of my life. I’m going to mess up and I’m not going to be perfect, but as long as I try everyday to get better and better myself, then I’m one step ahead of where I was before.”
– Demi Lovato, artist + advocate
“As women, our bodies hold all kinds of negative tension, from PTSD, physical and emotional abuse, work stress, injury, extra body weight, depression, anxiety… the list goes on. The world tells us how and why women should treat our bodies well, and it is not always helpful. Through movement and empowering music, we can begin to RECLAIM ownership of our bodies, and move forward in confidence and community.”
– Drea, artist + creator of Reclaim Movement
“Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health – take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish. The world will see you the way you see you, and treat you the way you treat yourself.”
– Beyonce, artist + advocate
“Being around things that were very toxic for me really brought me down for a long time, and I realized that I finally had the strength and the choice to get out of those environments. I really hope, when anyone hears [my new forthcoming album Awake], they take something from that, and they hear that you’re not alone, and you can bring the strength to bring yourself out of something. Everyone has self-value and self-worth.”
– Alison Wonderland, artist + advocate
“When artists take a look at the psychological obstacles that hold them back, they can reach their true creative potential with confidence and high motivation.”
– Olga Gonithellis, MA, EdM, LMHC, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
“Mental illness is something that I deal with and manage day by day, but I don’t allow it to define or limit me. I realized that what I thought was my worst weakness could actually be my biggest strength. By sharing my story with others, I can help someone like me, who felt alone, know that they are NOT alone. I can empower and encourage others to get the help that they need, to know that recovery is possible, and help end stigma by standing up proudly, instead of cowering. I call all of this: ‘Turning Pain Into Power.'”
– X. ARI, artist + founder of the Pain into Power Campaign for mental health awareness
“Depression doesn’t take away your talents – it just makes them harder to find. But I always find it. I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that’s left. I’m lucky I found one little glimmer stored away.”
– Lady Gaga, artist + advocate
“As a young artist, I naively thought my youth and strength would carry me through to infinity. I pushed myself to limit and beyond, working day and night, not taking any time to decompress properly, or take care of myself. This manifested itself as extreme insomnia, anxiety, an onset of panic attacks and depression. I took no time for self-care, forgot to even drink water, and worked worked worked myself until I was sick, all while making my first album “When I Don’t Sleep..” After that, I didn’t release another album until 9 years later. The lesson learned there is that I must pace myself, and take the time I need, when I need it. Our health comes above anything. If we’re not taken care of first, then everything else will suffer, including our work, for ourselves, and for others.”
– Saniyé, artist + advocate (a.k.a. “Sinem Saniye” on the “When I Don’t Sleep..” album)
Past 6/8 Music Blog resources on Mental Health:
Top Tips: How to Keep Your Head in Check While Making Music by Amy Hanna, 6/8 Music Production Coordinator
Breathe. Just Breathe. by Hope Alcocer, 6/8 Music alum
What Can Music Managers Do to Ensure Safety of our Artists by Allie Duggan, 6/8 Music alum
Organizations that focus on mental health that we <3:
And for continued self-care, here’s a playlist with some music from some of the incredible women artists that speak up for mental health awareness every single day.
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