We need your help.
The need for mental health support is higher than ever before.
The waiting lists for child and adolescent mental health services referrals are often over a year.
Music therapy is proven to support mental health and wellbeing.
Music for Mental Health: A Children and Young People’s Crisis appeal
We have launched this appeal to raise £50,000 to provide music therapy to those who need it most between the ages of 0 and 25.
We need your support to enable us to continue providing valuable music therapy interventions and to expand our services within schools, hospitals, and the community.
Studies have shown that music therapy can improve self-esteem, social engagement, and decrease social isolation, anxiety and depression symptoms.
Your donation, no matter how small, will help provide subsidised services for young people who are not usually able to access our services.
Join us in our mission to support children and young people's mental health.
Donate to our Music for Mental Health appeal today.
Tilly* is a young person who experienced the bereavement of both their mum and stepdad in 2021. She currently lives in residential care. Due to their trauma, Tilly is no longer able to speak, which has made them very isolated.
One of our Music Therapist’s, Nathan, has been working with Tilly in a SEN school to support their mental health and social communication for the past six months.
At the beginning of their work together, Tilly wouldn’t look at Nathan and didn’t engage in any of the musical activities. Through talking to Tilly’s teaching assistant, Nathan discovered that when Tilly listened to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” (Mary Poppins) or the “Rainbow” nursery rhyme, she would start to sway. This was exciting for Nathan to hear as it gave him a starting point for their work together.
In the next session, Nathan brought in pictures of a kite and rainbow and asked Tilly to choose one using eye contact. Nathan continued to use this technique in their sessions to give Tilly the opportunity to share their preferences.
A few months on, Tilly is now communicating their preferences verbally and, amazingly, is singing along to the songs without being prompted!
Nathan said: “She is starting to build the confidence to use their words. Their strong smiles and playfulness suggests pleasure and enjoyment in their music therapy sessions. I look forward to seeing how she continues to thrive in our sessions.”
*Name and image changed to protect identity.
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