“Raise Me Up”: Frisco Teen Writes Song About Struggles with Depression

FRISCO -- Despite affecting nearly 15 million Americans, depression is one of those illnesses that's hard to understand unless you've experienced it yourself.

But it's something 17-year-old Skyler Hunter knows all too well.

"When I was 13 I went into a depression," Skyler told NewsFix. "I went through that for about two to three years.  Ultimately what brought me out of that was my music, music was my outlet."

Last week, he released a new song about his struggles, called "Raise Me Up." (available on Spotify / iTunes)

"I write and produce all of my music," he said. "I play all of the instruments, I record everything myself."

Yeah, he's a one-man band.  Though he did have help from friends on the mixing and mastering, and on the music video, which takes place largely underwater.

"I really liked the water," said Hunter, "Because it's like you're drowning in yourself, you're drowning in your own emotions."

The timing of the song's release is no coincidence.  September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

According to Skyler: "I wanted to share my story in hopes that other people can be impacted by that."

The musician hopes his story, and his song, can raise awareness and help fight the stigma around depression.

"I think if we were more accepting and more aware that it's such a big issue in our society, people would get so much more help."

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255