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11 Life-Affirming, Anti-Suicide Anthems

When times seem too dark to bear, try these tunes to remember why there's nothing like the gift of life

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My Chemical Romance, "Famous Last Words"

In observation of Mental Health Awareness Week, we've compiled these songs of strength and positivity. 

Most life-affirming lyric: 
I am not afraid to keep on living
I am not afraid to walk this world alone
Honey if you stay, I'll be forgiven
Nothing you can say can stop me going home

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is open around the clock at 1-800-273-8255 and online with chat options and information. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide, also consider visiting Mental Health America, putting your zip code into ZocDoc to find a professional near you and/or reading this Beginner’s Guide to Starting Therapy

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Pink, "The Great Escape"

Most life-affirming lyric:
But, I won't let you make the great escape
I'm never gonna watch you checkin' out of this place
I'm not gonna lose you
'Cause the passion and the pain
Are gonna keep you alive someday

3 / 11

Pierce the Veil, "Hold On Till May"

Most life-affirming lyric:
I won't let you make the great escape
I'm never gonna watch you checkin' out of this place
I'm not gonna lose you
'Cause the passion and the pain
Are gonna keep you alive someday

4 / 11

Third Eye Blind, "Jumper"

Most life-affirming lyric:
I wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend
You could cut ties with all the lies
That you've been living in

5 / 11

Good Charlotte, "Hold On"

Most life-affirming lyric:
Hold on, if you feel like letting go
Hold on, it gets better than you know

6 / 11

Queen, "Don't Try Suicide"

Most life-affirming lyric:
You need help
Look at yourself you need help
You need life
So don't hang yourself
It's okay, okay, okay, okay

7 / 11

Cursive, "Staying Alive"

Most life-affirming lyric:
I've decided tonight
I'm staying alive
Just kicking and screaming
I'm, I'm staying alive

8 / 11

Tokio Hotel, "Don't Jump"

Most life-affirming lyric:
I scream into the night for you
Don't make it true
Don't jump
The lights will not guide you through
They're deceiving you
Don't jump
Don't let memories go
Of me and you
The world is down there out of view
Please don't jump

9 / 11

Streetlight Manifesto, "A Better Place, A Better Time"

Most life-affirming lyric:
Everything is going to be fine
I guarantee that you wake up in a better place
In a better time
So you're tired of living
And you feel like you might give in
Well don't
It's not your time

10 / 11

Blink-182, "Adam's Song"

Most life-affirming lyric:
I never conquered, rarely came
Tomorrow holds such better days
Days when I can still feel alive
When I can't wait to get outside
The world is wide, the time goes by

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R.E.M., "Everybody Hurts"

Most life-affirming lyric:
Everybody hurts
Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts
Don't throw your hand, oh no
Don't throw your hand
If you feel like you're alone
No, no, no, you are not alone

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