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Video: Loudwire’s Graham Hartmann Delivers Poignant Meditation on Mental Illness & Heavy Metal

“Mental illness gives you a wider breadth of emotional intelligence. Mental illness gives you insight into the greatest works of art.”

Many of us have suffered the specter of mental illness, and during these unprecedented days of uncertainty, many more are feeling the strains of anxiety and despair. Heavy metal music, like horror, has often been sighted (by outsiders) as a cause or exasperation of mental illness, but we know nothing could be further from the truth. We’re part of communities that offer hope and support, filled with advocates and allies who understand the intricacies of depression.

Loudwire journalist Graham Hartmann just dropped a poignant and insightful meditation on heavy metal and mental illness that’s too good not to share. In it, he reflects on his personal struggles while exploring how heavy metal both exemplifies and ameliorates the condition, highlighting specific bands and artists. What I found most impactful were his thoughts on the “silver lining” of mental illness.

Give it a spin at the top of the article and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.

Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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