Thor Harris

The Mental Health Channel has a series called The Inside Story that profiles people who “reveal their mental health diagnoses and their paths to overcome them.” So far the program has covered panic disorders, bipolar 1, and bipolar 2. In the most recent episode, which covers clinical depression, the show profiled Thor Harris, best known as the drummer of Swans. Below you can watch the short documentary where Harris talks about depression and how his art has helped him. It’s an incredible, inspiring video and really worth watching if you feel you or someone close to you might be suffering from depression. Watch it below.

You can hear Thor Harris on two albums this year: Swans’ To Be Kind (review here) and Ben Frost’s A U R O R A (interview here). They are two of the best albums of 2014 so far.

Comments (6)
  1. Thanks for this. Being a mental health professional myself, it is nice to see stories like this being shared with a wider audience. Along with music, helping people with mental health needs is one of my passions. It is nice to see someone who played on one of my favorite records this year sharing their story and helping to reduce the stigma around these issues.

  2. Lovely and moving. Very courageous of him to share and reach out to others.

  3. Incredibly talented man and I’m sorry to hear he suffers from depression. I was also very depressed at one time and a friend brought by DMT powder and I smoked some and ever since have never fest depressed after the experience. Not sure it would work for everyone, but it’s harmless, and profound — just not sure it’s a great idea if folks are mentally ill, though I guess my depression would have made me mentally ill as well. Just trying to offer some ideas.

  4. Thank you for being honest. I am positive this helps people.

  5. This was perfect, Thor is such a great person and talks so eloquently about this stuff, which is the hardest thing in the world to express. What a great guy <3

  6. I tend to react poorly to hearing about other people’s struggles but this was a nice listen. At the end when he talked about the love of others I almost welled up a bit, though. I don’t feel I have that in my life, aside from my immediate family I suppose but I’m too old to rely on or live with them now. I’m just not sure if things are going to get any better for me.

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