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Mental Health Awareness Week urges action

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Mental Health Awareness Week urges action

Many Brits suffer with mental health disorders…

3 in 5 people in the UK suffer from some form of anxiety, but almost half of those people keep it a secret as they worry about being judged by others. And 1 in 6 of the British population also suffers from moderate to severe depressive symptoms. Those shocking statistics highlight the pressing need for awareness, support, and empathy towards mental health problems and people who experience them.

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event to raise awareness about mental health disorders, its causes, and effects. This year, Mental Health Awareness Week began this Monday (13th of May) and runs through to Sunday 19th of May. To raise awareness during Mental Health Awareness Week, leading music insurer musicGuard has spoken out on the benefits of music in improving mental well-being.

“Playing a musical instrument can help to brighten up one’s day and although it may not make their worries disappear completely, yet it can relieve stress” says James Whitten, Marketing Manager at musicGuard.

Playing music provides a mood boost, and can help to stave off depression, anxiety, and negative thoughts. It can reduce stress and improve confidence, giving a sense of purpose.

Music is a universal language that allows individuals to express emotions in a unique and powerful way. Learning to play an instrument provides an outlet for emotional expression, enabling individuals to convey their feelings, experiences, and thoughts through the art of music. It can be an energising and therapeutic experience, promoting emotional well-being and stress relief.

Mastering a new musical instrument or writing a song creates a sense of accomplishment and boosts self-confidence. As individuals progress and overcome challenges, they develop a belief in their abilities and gain a sense of self-worth. Performing in front of others and receiving positive feedback further enhances confidence and self-esteem, providing a strong foundation for personal growth.

“Whether you’re seeking to improve your mental health or just trying out something new, it’s clear that playing music can help. Picking up an instrument can have a positive effect on your mind and body” adds Whitten.

Mental well-being is just one of the many benefits that come from music. Discover more health benefits on: https://www.musicguard.co.uk/music-health-benefits

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