#FeelBetter: How hardcore music helps me cope with depression

Teenager Robert Cervantez has had feelings of depression since middle school. When Robert started self-harming to cope, his family tried conventional therapy – but it didn’t seem to help. Ultimately, one particular brand of music, and the community around it, provided that cathartic outlet that Robert so badly needed. He shared his story for the #FeelBetter social-media campaign, where young people share stories about depression and what they find therapeutic to break the stigma that keeps young people silent about their suffering. “What I like about these [hardcore] shows is the styling of dancing they have. it consists of flailing your fists and throwing kicks, and it’s kind of like a release almost. It’s an outlet for me and my depression.” Hear Robert’s story in a video on We’Ced.

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