Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. One in five Americans are affected by mental health conditions and the stigma associated with mental health issues is toxic to their health because it creates an environment of shame, fear, and silence preventing them from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change until we act to change it. No one deserves to be forgotten, no one deserves to fade away, to disappear!
Currently on Broadway, Dear Evan Hansen, “tells the story of a high school senior with social anxiety who, through a misunderstanding, becomes enmeshed in the aftermath of a classmate’s suicide. Although the plot of musical centers around the titular protagonist and his high school world, the theme of parenthood is also a key component of the show.” (from Huffington Post)
Check out the video, “Disappear” from Dear Evan Hansen performed by Taylor Trensch and Alex Boniello, recorded for Mental Health Month 2018 (lyrics are listed below).
No one deserves to be forgotten
No one deserves to fade away
Even if you’ve always been that barely-in-the-background kind of guy
And even if you’re somebody who can’t escape the feeling
That the world’s passed you by
If you never get around to doing some remarkable thingThat doesn’t mean that you’re not worth rememberingThink of the people who need to knowThey need to know
So you need to show them (I need to show them)
That no one deserves to be forgottenNo one deserves to fade awayNo one should flicker out or have any doubtThat it matters that they are hereNo one deserves (no one deserves)To disappear… to disappear
When you’re falling in a forestAnd there’s nobody aroundAll you want is for somebody to find youYou’re falling in a forestAnd when you hit the ground
All you need is for somebody to find you
No one deserves to be forgottenNo one deserves to fade awayNo one should flicker out or have any doubtThat it matters that they are hereNo one deserves (no one deserves)To disappear… to disappear
No one deserves to be forgottenNo one deserves to fade away