11 Twenty One Pilots Songs To Help With Mental Illness

11 Twenty One Pilots Songs To Help With Mental Illness

We are not alone in this world.

Twenty One Pilots has consistently called out the pop music industry for meaningless lyrics and one-track-ness with songs like "Holding Onto You" and "Lane Boy". They actively work to keep their music authentic to themselves, turning down big record deals and self-managing. They speak openly about mental illness and are advocates for recovery. Much of Twenty One Pilots' music not only touches on mental illness but accurately portrays what it is like to struggle with mental health issues like anxiety, depression, paranoia, insomnia, and suicide.

For anyone struggling with mental illness, their music is relatable. Though it's often the case that relatable does not equate helpful. However, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have made it a personal mission to uplift. Support and hope can easily be found within their angsty lyrics. Here are X Twenty One Pilots songs to help with mental illness:

1. Stressed Out

Currently tied with "Heathens" for highest ranking single, this track was their first to hit the number two spot on Billboard Top 100 - easily making it their most popular mental illness based song. "Stressed Out" touches on self doubt, the stress of adult life, and social pressures. The music video opens with front-man Tyler Joseph riding an adult big wheels tricycle and carries these childlike themes throughout the rest of the 3:45 minute video. The vivid descriptions within the song (especially verse about scent nostalgia), could take anyone back to an easier time.

2. Slowtown

3. Guns For Hands

Likely one of their darkest songs, "Guns For Hands" was written after a conversation with some fans about their struggles with suicide. The song is dedicated to all who have thought about or attempted suicide, with darkly whimsical lyrics depicting the struggle.

4. Glowing Eyes

5. Ride

While this song has been criticized for falling into common pop trends like the millennial whoop, it still touches on heavy themes of suicide and depression. The music video itself shows the struggle between the need to survive and how easy it is to fall into fantasies of suicide with rapid contrasts of dark and light - constantly over- or underexposed. However, the overall theme of the song shows that it's okay to recognize the struggle and to ask for help.

6. Forest

This piece touches on self destructive tendencies through again whimsical lyrics. The chorus illustrates the practice of finding happiness and peace through the darkness that you don't have control over.

7. Not Today

8. Kitchen Sink

This song touches on the fact that everyone experiences the struggle differently - "A kitchen sink to me is not a kitchen sink to you." It shows the value of finding a passion that can help you cope with mental illness. Even if no one around you finds that passion valuable, if it helps you, it is of the utmost value.

9. Lovely

This is yet another Twenty One Pilots song about suicide. This song is meant to provide support for those who struggle with suicidal tendencies - to show them they are not alone in the world. It is an attempt to fight against self-hate. There is someone in the world who finds you lovely, even if they are not right in front of you. There is someone out there who wants to help you survive.

10. Ode to Sleep

11. Holding On To You

This song is the culmination of all the mental health related messages in their music. It touches on suicide, depression, anxiety, worldly pressures, paranoia, and more. The music video shows Tyler Joseph fighting against people with skeletal faces, representative of these struggles. My favorite line, "twisting the kaleidoscope behind both of my eyes" artfully illustrates how paranoia alters the way you see the world.

The authenticity of Twenty One Pilots' music has allowed messages as these to be so apparent in their songs. Their music is perfect to listen to for those who struggle with these issues. It is both helpful at your lowest and relatable when you're feeling fine. Twenty One Pilots can help you feel like you are not alone.

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Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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