Teen-friendly songs affirming mental health

These songs come from a show, Steven Universe, that my high school students have expressed to be wholesome and helpful in exploring their identities. I found their message to be very cathartic and incredibly healthy in affirming anyone's journey of self-exploration and recovery from trauma.

I have organized them by theme below. If you give them a listen, I hope you enjoy!

  • Overcoming avoidance & shame by facing the truth with help – True Kinda Love (youtube) (lyrics)

  • Growing up - Independent Together (youtube - spoilers) (lyrics)

  • Permission to be yourself - Be Wherever You Are (youtube) (lyrics)

  • Affirming self-dignity but inviting understanding - Change Your Mind (youtube) (lyrics)

  • Intrusive thoughts, spiraling, & mindfulness - Here Comes A Thought (youtube) (lyrics)

  • Starting over after abuse - Found (youtube - spoilers) (lyrics)

  • Two enemies reconciling over a shared grief - Both of You (youtube) (lyrics)

(P.S. I am of the opinion that this 2-min clip is essential viewing for any nonbinary or lgbt kid right now.)