According to the WHO, more than 300 million people globally suffer from depression. That is almost the size of the entire US population. More women than men are affected. Liza Jane said “given that the worst-case scenario can be suicide, I feel strongly that awareness efforts and coping strategies are to be strongly promoted. Today, in the US, we know so much more about prevention – and this knowledge we need to share worldwide”.
But she is also living proof that depression does not need to be a limiting factor in life. Having achieved above-average results in many areas, Liza Jane hopes to inspire many others as we discuss below.
Serving as a model to society:
Liza Jane serves as a true model to society: Showing that one can live life to the maximum and have stunning achievements even with depression. She also lives a very active life, participating in various fitness activities including kayaking, swimming, and meditation. Liza said: “We already know that there is a growing number of experts believe that exercise can boost the mood of women who suffer from depression. My life is evidence of that: exercise and meditation make me look and feel amazing. Mindfulness and meditation help me to experience gratitude, which is a powerful equalizer to the adverse effects of depression”.
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Starting early, at the age of two, Liza Jane was always interested in singing and performance. She soon became the only soprano vocalist to ever to win the Florida state district level vocal competition with a “superior-plus” rating. At age 11 she was the youngest singer ever to be invited to perform at the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Key West. She performed at the 239th anniversary of the US navy for wounded warriors – an event where the city commissioners of Key West named the day in her honor. At the age of 16, she produced her first album “We can start a fire” in Nashville.
She already amassed a strong social following – and other notable figures in the music industry are impressed with her talent: “… I was excited and inspired by the fresh and honest sound of Liza’s voice and the sheer catchiness of the songs. Great vibes.”-Simon Edwards, bassist/producer (Michael Jackson, David Grey)
Other famous singers who raised awareness against depression:
- Shawn Mendes recently made his experience with anxiety known when he released his song “In My Blood.”
“It was kind of something that hit me last year. Growing up, I was a pretty calm kid. I knew people who suffered from anxiety, found it kind of hard to understand, and then when it hits you, you’re like, Oh my god, this is crazy. When I play that song, I go ‘Just so you know I’m okay. The best thing about it is that it’s not all down. The whole reason I wrote the song was to be like, at the very end, ‘It’s not in my blood to do that.’ Shawn Mendes (during an interview with Zane Lowe)
- Ariana Grande with the album Sweetener and the song “Breethin”: she explained during an interview with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, how “Breethin” was about anxiety and your breathing.
- Ed Sheeran with the hit “Save Myself”: He explained how people with depression feel that they are not enough and don’t matter. The crux is that with depression, people often put the needs of others ahead of their own. In relation to this, in the song “Save Myself” Ed sings: “Life can get you down so I just numb the way it feels I drown it with a drink and out-of-date prescription pills And all the ones that love me they just left me on the shelf. No farewell, So before I save someone else, I’ve got to save myself.
More singers include Anne-Marie (“Perfect”), Ben Platt (“Waving through the window”), JoJo (“Save my soul”) and Paramore (“Fake Happy”).
In this age of rapid communication and the viral transmission of information to the masses via social channels, many singers are using their fame to promote a good cause. In the case of depression and anxiety as a global phenomenon, singers like Liza Jane and others who are even more popular right now, help to bring new hope: They show those who feel hopeless that there is, in fact, no limit to how good you can feel and what you can achieve.
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