Musical Success in the Fight Against Depression

The idea to produce a lyric-driven, faith-promoting music album to combat depression had been stewing inside of Paul Cardall for some time. In November of 2017, it was time to act. - - - Different types of social media use have been linked to anxiety, depression and low self-esteem among today’s youth. And it’s not just the youth. The annual financial cost of depression in the United States is a staggering $210 billion. Enter the "Worth of Souls" project. The musicians involved in this project ranged from college students to Nashville recording artists to American Idol contestants. They varied in upbringing and religious beliefs, but stood united in sharing a message of God’s love with those who desperately needed to hear it. In April of 2018, the "Worth of Souls” music project debuted at #20 on Billboard Music’s Christian charts. Since that time, stories and feedback have started coming in. One listener wrote: “I recently went through unexpectedly losing my mother. The shock and sadness have been overwhelming. ‘Come As You Are’ helps me realize our Savior’s love…” Another listener was so touched by the music that he flew from Rhode Island to Utah for the album release concert. Another listener had been dealing with deep depression that had affected personal relationships and cut short a church mission. He wrote: “...I was mad at God for taking (my grandfather.) I fell into a dark place in my life. ‘Worth of Souls’ has helped mend my broken heart, feel less depressed, and see God’s plan." As modern science continues to discover the impact of music on anxiety and depression, it’s important for ALL those affected by depression to realize there’s hope. Hope for those surrounded by sadness. Hope for those who feel alone and in the dark. And hope for those friends and family members who interact with them. If you or someone you know is in emotional distress, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or visit