How can Music Therapy encance Mental Health?
Is life becoming too difficult to manage?
Are you concerned about someone’s ability to cope?
Are you or someone you care about affected by a mental health condition?
Music Therapy is an appropriate intervention for those who are finding it difficult to cope or need additional support, as well as those who are affected by a mental health condition, such as: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia, Eating Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Impulse control and Addiction disorders.
Research and clinical work clearly indicates that Music Therapy is a powerful intervention in Mental Health care. It can notably reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, diminish negative symptoms, reduce social isolation, facilitate group cohesion and most importantly, motivate.
The World Health Organisation defines Mental Health as “the state of well-being whereby individuals recognise their abilities, are able to cope with normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully and make a contribution to their communities” .
A range of Music Therapy programmes are availalbe to assist those affected by a mental health condition, to help them restore some equilibrium in their lives. All of our programmes are tailored to meet the needs of the individual and can be provided in either an individualised or group manner. While active participation is the ultimate goal, Music Therapy can still be effective if the individual is not yet ready to participate in an active manner.
Music Therapy is used to explore personal feelings and make positive changes in mood and emotional states, while also providing the person with a sense of control through the opportunity to engage in choice making.
Strong body of research supports the capability of music to enhance a person’s psychological well-being and inject positivity into their lives.
Music has an uplifting power and is a wonderful form of self-expression – therefore, listening to it or participating in it can change a person’s mood and bring about movement to a different place.
The way in which clients interact musically, often reflects how they relate to people in their daily lives. The music process helps them achieve greater self-awareness, which leads to positive changes in their relationships.
Applied in a group setting, Music Therapy provides an environment of understanding, acceptance, cohesion, trust, mutual respect, support and enjoyment. It also promotes an environment of open social interaction, where clients use musical elements freely to build relationships, feel being listened to and gain support from the therapist and other group members.
The greatest advantage of this therapeutic intervention is that it is non-intrusive and does not rely solely on verbal process. Overall, Music Therapy:
Provides psychological support
Promotes self-awareness and understanding
Promotes mindfulness and reduces levels of stress and anxiety
Reduces agitation and promotes positive behaviours
Helps individuals to develop coping strategies
Enhances self-esteem by enabling successful participation in activities and through the development of the person’s creativity
Promotes participation and socialisation which helps to reduce feelings of social isolation
Enhances social/interpersonal skills
Facilitates speech and communication
Enhances the quality of relationships, family interactions and support
Enhances self-expression and emotional response by providing a safe place to communicate emotions
Engages and develops attention
Improves functional skills (e.g. memory, learning).