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  • Call 999;
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  • Use your local emergency department.

Don’t try to manage your or someone else’s suicidal thoughts on your own. Remember, thoughts about suicide are just that – thoughts. They won’t last forever and often they pass quickly. Many people who have had serious thoughts about suicide have said that they feel completely different only hours later.
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Songs for Hope 2022

As part of this year’s HSC Regional Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing campaign, marking World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September and World Mental Health Day 10 October, people are being encouraged to send an example of a song they like to play that inspires them, that makes them feel happier and hopeful.

We will compile the growing list of Songs for Hope playlist on this page over the five week campaign period.

The aim is, that the playlist will inspire others when they are seeking ideas for songs and music that can help them feel more hopeful and happier.

Send your choice of song to the Hope Playlist.

Please email your first name, song choice and a short line as to why the song makes you feel hopeful to [email protected]

Songs for Hope playlist:




Dreams – The Cranberries

It touches my soul like no other piece of music or lyrics, gives me hope, a sense of peace and utter joy listening to her exquisite, unique vocals; ‘you’re everything to me’, ‘it’s never quite as it seems’.  Just a glorious song and woman.





I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free – Nina Simone

This song always lifts my mood and reminds me of Nina Simone’s quote, ‘I'll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear’.









I’m Still Standing – Elton John

A reminder that no matter what life throws at you, you can get through it and come out ‘feeling like a little kid’ again. So upbeat too, can’t help but have a toe tap or dance!



Better Days Are Coming – Dermot Kennedy

The lyrics are so true and they just give you so much hope that better days are on the way, if I am feeling sad or worried about something and I hear that song it just makes me smile.



Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

I love the words, it pretty much speaks for itself and the chilled, happy, Caribbean themed beats! Reminds me of laying on a beautiful island beach drinking Pina Colada from a coconut!!



Fight Song – Rachel Platten

This is a powerful song which reminds me very much of an inspirational young lady Lucia Quinney-Mee, who sadly lost her life after receiving her 4th Liver Transplant.



Happy – Pharell Williams

It makes me dance even if at that moment I don’t actually feel ‘happy’….and I love the video with the song too.



Absolutely Everybody – Vanessa Amorosi

This song was performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia in 2000. An obvious choice as it is such an inclusive song with an upbeat feel to it. This song reminds you to dance and enjoy life when you can. It reminds me that everyone has value and absolutely everybody in the whole wide world is needed, valued and deserves to be here.



Piano Man – Billy Joel

The song is about life and all the things that drag us down, but music makes us all feel better.  The chorus for me is very uplifting.



Better Days Are Coming – Dermot Kennedy

I think the lyrics of this song can give people hope for better times ahead even if they are feeling worried or having a bad day.



I Will Get Back Up Again  – Anna Kendrick

From Trolls, a children’s one but fun and relatable.



Giant – Rag ‘n’ Bone man and Calvin Harris

It just lifts my heart with its upbeat message and melody.



Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield

It puts me in a great frame of mind and gives me energy.



Kindness – Ben Glover

Gives me hope because it is what we should all do more of for each other.



I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

An upbeat song that gives me hope that ‘I will survive’ through the tough times & whatever life throws my way.



You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King 

This reminds me of a time in my late teens when life has a way of kicking you – a good friend taped this for me (old school tape recorder and Walkman) – I played it whenever I felt down and it got me through to know I had someone out there who cared.  To this day it soothes me when life gets a bit hectic.



A Little Peace - Nicole

This is my song of hope.



This Is My Fight Song – Rachel Patton

This song always encourages me to get up and push forward when I’m feeling hopeless. It’s a reminder that is still have that fight within me.



Hope – Tom Rosenthal

This song is precious to me as it brought me comfort during the dark days of COVID and was one of the songs which I sent to people during COVID to make sure they were OK, I was thinking of them and theirs and to keep going. I love the lines:

‘Hope is a good thing, Maybe the best of things, And no good thing ever dies’.



Shut Up And Dance – Walk the Moon

It reminds me of a happy time dancing around my sister-in-law’s kitchen with my mother-in-law. The song is about throwing causing to the wind and living life to the full.



Good Morning – Alex Aiono

Recommended by Georgie Crawford’s Good Glow podcast and is such an encouraging help on mornings that are a little harder than usual.



Anyone For You (Tiger Lily) – George Ezra

A song which just oozes positivity!



What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong


It’s a very simple song that reminds me to appreciate friendship and the beauty of nature. These are things that make me feel happy even if I am having a bad day and are important in creating hope for the future. Ties in nicely too with our mental health and 5 Steps to Wellbeing.



Hey Jude – The Beatles

It’s got a great uplifting singalong chorus and a positive message.




A Bird Without Wings – Celtic Thunder


I love this song.



Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Beatles





What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong


Makes me happy.



One Day At A Time – Lynda Randle


Love the words.



We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard and The Shadows


Puts me in a good mood.



Fly Me To The Moon – Count Basie


Love this song.



Flying Without Wings – Westlife


Uplifting words.



Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen

Reminds me of great holiday in Ibiza.




Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright – Bob Dylan

Reminds me that everything will be okay.



Blue Moon – The Marcels

There’s something about the song that connects with everyone.  Love it.



You Saw The Whole Of The Moon – The Water boys

Reminds me of being 17 and getting engaged.




Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve


It’s an uplifting big song.


How Great Thou Art – Carrie Underwood

The Red Hurley version is unbelievably good and meaningful.



Is This The Way To Amarillo?

Just a joyous song.



Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross


This is just uplifting for me.



Que Sera – Justice Crew

Brings back happy memories.


Storms Never Last – Waylon Jennings

Love the words – a nice message.




Danny Boy – Celtic Woman

That’s my go to song.



You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers

Liverpool fan and love the words.




God’s Plan – Derek Ryan

Relaxing Country and Western Song.



Daddy’s Little Girl – The Shires

I just enjoy it



Danny Boy – Celtic Woman

I just love this song.


How Great Thou Art – Carrie Underwood


Love the comfort of this song.



Danny Boy – Celtic Woman

It’s a great song.




Remember me – Christie Hennessy

Beautiful Christy Hennessy song.



Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves

Brings a feel-good summer feel to life.



There is a Green Hill Far Away – William Horsley


Reminds me of my wife.




Twelfth of Never – Johnny Mathis


It’s a favourite of mine.


Harvest Moon – Neil Young

Never tire of hearing this song.



Morning Has broken – Cat Stevens


Makes me peaceful.



In The Morning When I Rise – Sweet Honey in the Rock

Listening to Sweet Honey in the Rock sing this is good for the soul.


Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Keane


Eva Cassidy’s version is uplifting and joyous.


Dancing Queen - ABBA

Makes me want to dance.



Something Inside So Strong – Labi Siffre


Always inspires me.



59th Bridge Street Song – Simon and Garfunkel

Its upbeat and summery.



Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull

Makes me feel good.



We Can Do Hard Things – Tish Melton

It inspires hope and prompts memories of our ability to cope and make it through hard times and keep going: Through the joy and pain.



‘I still believe in Me’ from TV series Fame

Loved listening to it as a teenager, and it still resonates with me. Self-believe is such a powerful gift we each have and can help us reach many dreams; I should know, some of my dreams have come true already.



‘I lived’ from One Republic

It gives me an energy for living and trying new things and to keep going no matter… so much to do and fit in before my natural departure!!



‘A Natureza Das Coisas’ – Flavio Jose

A song that talks about being patient and aware that tomorrow can bring a brighter day, and you don’t to rush in life because life takes its own pace. Learn to be present in the moment and hope in the future. 



‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ - Gerry and the Pacemakers




‘It'll Be Easier in the Morning’ - by the Hothouse Flowers

I love it simply because things are always better if you wait till the morning.



‘Lean On Me’ by Sandro Kavazza




‘Headstart for Happiness’ by The Style Council 

Bright, uplifting, with a positive message.



‘ Try Everything’ by Shakira

This song gives you the motivation to keep trying, no matter how many times you mess up. Never give up, you'll get there in the end!