Off Message: How we talk about suicide

If young musicians are writing about anxiety and suicide ideation, is it a good idea for parents to let their teens listen to it?

15th September, 2019
Billie Eilish: producing scary songs or helping young listeners deal with their own demons? Pic: Getty

The other day I found myself in an argument. A minor argument, but an argument nonetheless. I’m a Billie Eilish fan. Recently, it was pointed out to me that, despite Eilish being just 17 herself, many parents (including the parent I was talking to) viewed her brand of pop music as unsuitable for their kids because of the darkness contained in her lyrics, which touch on her fears of losing her friends to suicide, her...

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