1. Thank you for this insightful article which was a great read! It is so true. Music has helped so many of us in times of stress and distress – just look at all the great songs of loss and lament that have been written and that we can relate to so well. It is sad then that the healing powers of music is relatively under-provided for through therapy services in the UK, particularly outside of autism and dementia, though it is encouraging that it is recognised and becoming more widely used in these areas.

    The British Association of Music Therapy has a searchable database of therapists which could be an alternative to getting a GP referral or joining a course (which trains future therapists and requires you to be musically accomplished to join).

    Perhaps the human need to communicate in some form is one reason why joining a choir is still popular. We almost instinctively know that making sounds, being ‘vocal’ in some way, is important and can support us on our journey to recovery. Community choirs can offer a supportive family atmosphere enabling us to grow in confidence, meet new people and be less isolated, which has other benefits too.

    Have a blessed Sunday.

    • Robert Brotchie

      Thank you so much for your insightful feedback and information, Linda. It is good to know music therapy continues to offer benefit from those who can offer this. I am pleased to share the link to the organisation here. https://www.bamt.org/

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