This festive season you can bring music and connection to hospitals and care homes.
1/4 of people in the UK experience depression and anxiety, which can be impacted by the winter holidays (Stop Hate UK). By sharing live music you can bring a sense of community and connectedness to those who need it most.
“Music helps staff to get to know the people they are caring for and vice versa. So you get to know each other as people… it makes the whole thing a lot more personal. ” – Lily Rice, Live Music Coordinator.
26% of people say Christmas makes their mental health worse, 83% of people feel lonely, and 81% find Christmas stressful (Priory Group). Being in hospital over the winter can be tough. You may feel isolated from the outside world and when coupled with worries about the cost of living crisis and colder nights, mental health will suffer. From bringing people together, reviving nostalgia and joy to increased memory recall, music heals.
Feedback following our live music for people experiencing mental health problems shows that over 3/4 (77%), of people felt less isolated, with 87% of people demonstrating increased social interaction after the live music.
“Music is important to all of us. And therefore shouldn’t it be important for hospitals and care settings. These are special situations where people are unable to access live music. When you see the reaction of memories and emotions being triggered, it’s very significant.” – Paul Kerr, Music in Hospitals & Care musician.
We ask that you make a donation and a positive impact for people facing challenges with their mental health. Share some joy and help to give someone dealing with frustration, stress and isolation a sense of belonging and connection.