“Heal the scars from off my back
I don't need them anymore
You can throw them out or keep them in your mason jars
I've come home”
Where’s the Meaning?
The idea of home can be a tricky concept, a confusing and sometimes conflicted idea. And, at times, mental health can be tied into what home means to us. Our birthplace, our hometown, can be perhaps the worst place for us mentally. We cannot select in place in which we were born. We have no choice. For some of us, we are tied to a specific location even if we do not wish for it to be so. The place where we were brought up may be the source of our greatest strife.
Childhood and adolescence, for many of us, was the time in which our mental illnesses may have begun to fester. This reality can twist our perspective of where we were born and what growing up meant for all of us. As we grow older, and our childhoods are left behind us, the only true way to recover from our mental health issues is to learn how to properly live with them. When this happens, our younger days can become hazy, lost in memory. It is these feelings, these emotions, that are conjured by Radical Face’s Welcome Home.
Our childhood home is not always what we want it to be, but we do have power over where we call “home” in adulthood. In Welcome Home, the writer appears to have made some kind of peace with their homeplace. This is shown in the lyrics, “Heal the scars from off my back / I don't need them anymore / You can throw them out or keep them in your mason jars / I've come home.”
Part of growing up can mean realizing that the past does not necessarily hold dominion over the future. The past is a vital part of one’s personal narrative, but it is not the only part. Through the lyrics of the song, Radical Face tells the story of a calm, peaceful, healing process. However, it is not a path that is easy tread. It is one of understanding the damage, the reality, and the effect of our original homes and the past that they carry along with them. Looking back on where we grew up can put things into perspective, as well as allowing up to better analyze where our homes are now.
Radical Face shows us that a home is not necessarily a place, it can be a feeling, an emotion, a memory. Home is what we make of it. And, if we so choose, it is something that we may leave behind us. Perhaps it is a past which, after being dealt with in the proper ways, can be understood for what it is; merely a memory.
What is home? What does home mean? Is home always a place?
How does the concept of home change as we grow older? In what ways do our ideas of home change as we grow up? Can we choose our homes, or do they choose us?
How can we properly cope with troubles in our past? How can our birthplace play a role in our mental health?
What NCMHR focuses on especially is how those who are living with and recovering from mental illnesses can take an active role when it comes to what the future of “health care, mental health, and social policies at the state and national levels,” will become. By advocating for the space that those who are recovering from mental health issues may occupy, NCMHR has proved to be an extremely important organization.
This organization prides itself as being “your one-stop access to mental health” and offering a variety of educational tools to help visitors of the site better understand mental conditions and the reality of living with mental illnesses. These resources makes it easier to understand different kinds of mental illnesses and what it means to live with them.
When it comes to young people who suffer from mental health issues, many of those who struggle are LGBTQ+ or queer. Young people who are finding their identities and who they really are may find resistance from an unforgiving and prejustice world. Supporting the Trevor Project can be vital for the mental health of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.” This organization also takes significant interest in suicide prevention, and making sure that young people know that things will get better.