This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the overall theme is kindness.
I, and many others more expert on these matters, firmly believe that music is an essential part of human existence. As such, listening to and taking part in music leaves a major impact on each one of us: boosting mood, reducing stress, improving health and overall well-being.
According to studies, the majority of people have positive experiences when listening to music: whether it’s sad, or upbeat. Sad music, that expresses what we feel, can have the same effect as being listened to empathetically, and more upbeat tunes can improve our mood and boost happiness. And, as someone who believes that music is a God-given gift, then it’s impact upon us spiritually is essential for human being and doing. Personally I can testify to the healing power of music in terms of my own health and well-being.
Stephen Fry specifically mentions the music of Beethoven as an example of music that helped him into recovery and being able to see ‘colour again’. For you it maybe another composer and another genre. Whatever connects really.
An anonymous prayer pinned to the prayer wall of Bradford Cathedral this week: ‘I pray for those experiencing mental health problems and who are fearful of the future. Give them strength and hope. Amen’