Josh Groban, “River,” is about overcoming depression and stepping back into the light

Josh Groban has released the new video for his song “River,” about overcoming the dark times and stepping back into the light.

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The shadowy clip features close-ups of Josh singing the emotional song, along with a narrative of a man who feels alone but in the end is able to find support in other people.Many people suffer from these grueling and life-altering conditions, and tragically too many lives have been lost to suicide. We’ve see this in the public eye with Anthony Bourdain, Chris Cornell and Robin Williams, among many others. In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Groban explained that his inspiration for “River” was finding the light during one’s darkest hour.

“Whenever we have dark times in our lives, whether we suffer from depression, or addiction, or anxiety, or even just having a really bad day, the worst is that it feels like we are suffering alone…,” he said. “Far too many people feel this way… I hope this song and video are a reminder that it’s the simple steps, the smallest gestures, that can pull us back to the light. It’s those things for me. Find your ‘river.’”

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Depression is a common, serious illness and not a personal weakness. Depression can happen to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group. It is never a “normal” part of life. Depression, which is treatable, can come from chemical imbalances in the brain, hormonal changes, medications or things going on in your life.

Women suffer from depression twice as often as men. One out of four women may have depression sometime during their lifetime. Many people suffer with depression but do not seek help.. Living in denial when depressed just won’t help. So talk about it, get support and overcome it.


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