Singing improves mental health and wellbeing – latest research from Sidney De Haan Centre

The latest research on the health benefits of singing from the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) has found that singing reduces anxiety and depression and improves mental wellbeing.

The Centre established four community singing groups to explore the potential impact regular group singing has on participants’ mental health and wellbeing.

During the course of the project (From November 2014 to December 2015), 168 people took part on at least one occasion. Participants were asked to complete short questionnaires to measure the level of mental distress they were experiencing at the beginning of the project, in February, and again in July.

The results of the 47 completed questionnaires showed that singing significantly reduced the participants’ feelings of mental distress, anxiety and depression, and improved their mental wellbeing more generally.

Professor Stephen Clift, Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre, said: “The singing groups continue to prove to be a cost-effective health strategy especially at a time when social care and health budgets are being squeezed from all sides. We hope that this evidence will allow us to conduct more research in to health economics, to further support our argument for arts on prescription.”

SOURCES:
Canterbury Christ Church University: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/health-and-wellbeing/sidney-de-haan-research-centre/documents/Singing%20for%20Mental%20Health%20report%20Dec%202015.pdf
Sound Sense: http://www.soundsense.org/metadot/index.pl?id=28759&isa=DBRow&op=show&dbview_id=22954

DETAILS:

BENEFIT: IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
TARGET GROUP: ADULTS
AGE: UNKNOWN
MUSIC TYPE: SINGING
TYPE OF STUDY: ACADEMIC RESEARCH
NOs INVOLVED: 47 (168 IN TOTAL)
PERIOD OF STUDY: 13 MONTHS
DATE: 2015
PLACE: UK
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