Singer-songwriter, Alessia Cara is no stranger to discussing her mental health through music.
She's addressed body positivity and self-love in her 2015 hit, "Scars to Your Beautiful" and has recently addressed her battle with insomnia in her single, "Sweet Dreams," from her forthcoming album. In an interview with Reuters, she revealed that the album is like a thread of duality.
"The first half of that thread in the first half of that year being a little tumultuous, a little bit riddled with anxiety and stress and fear... And then on the other end of that thread came the healing and the growth and this newfound sophistication I feel I've discovered within myself," she explained.
She found that "sophistication" and growth through therapy. The 25-year-old expressed, "doing therapy really, really helped. I started therapy a long time ago, and then I stopped for a while and I sort of neglected my mental health and neglected myself. And it wasn't until I got the proper help I needed through therapy and just making a bunch of changes in my lifestyle."
Cara admitted to now taking medications for her anxiety and wishes "it wasn't so stigmatized." She finds opening up about her mental health journey easy to discuss because "there's a lot of strength in vulnerability and there's tons of strength and openness in being honest. So I look at it like that now and I just don't really apologize for what I need to do to be happy."
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.