During one of their recent conversations with Audacy, Bring Me The Horizon discussed what they think it is about music that helps people manage their mental health, in light of Audacy’s I’m Listening initiative.
LISTEN NOW: Bring Me The Horizon's Jordan Fish on how music can help people manage mental health, and how the band manages their mental health while on the road
Noting one way could be “maybe finding some relatability in the lyrics,” or “just immersing yourself in a different world sonically,” was something keyboardist Jordan Fish said was something he “always found quite a nice experience.”
”Falling in love with an album and obsessing over it, listening to it with your headphones on... it kind of is a way to distract your brain from whatever is going on," Jordan went on to say. Adding, ”and more than that it's a culture and a scene around music that helped me when I was younger.”
During a time which Jordan didn’t feel as though he fit into “necessarily any group of people,” he found community in “music people, people in bands, and people that love bands.”
“I think kind of having a tribe or a gang or something like that, a bunch of people that you relate to and connect to over a shared interest helps you feel a little bit less alone in life,” Fish admitted.
When it comes to Bring Me The Horizon managing their mental health while on the road, Jordan admitted that's not always easy, but one good thing is that with a band, you have a built in support system.
“We all get on well, so we have each other and that’s a big part of it… we are friends.” Noting, "when someone is down or some stuff happens, we’re there for each other… and we have a good crew as well, people we can talk to.”
"Being surrounded by the right type of people, people who look out for you, people who will say if they think you’re losing yourself, which can happen on tour — through drinking or drugs or partying too hard. Any of those things, being surrounded by who will give you a little check and say ‘take it easy' or ‘you need to rest’… that helps a lot."
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 988.