About Our Work
We provide music engagement and recovery services in hospitals and the community for young people and adults affected by mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bi polar disorder and schizophrenia.
Our award-winning programme promotes wellbeing and recovery through developing creative, technical and vocational skills and opens pathways to mainstream opportunities in education, training, work experience and employment. Our innovative approach draws on clinical therapeutic techniques and professional music industry practice.
- Activities including song writing, composition, production, recording and performance
- Delivered in fully equipped professional rehearsal and recording studios by specially trained music industry mentors
- Artist development including industry advice, video production and photography, press kits, release planning, marketing and distribution
- Concerts and events at mainstream venues and festivals
- Monthly drop-in with open mic event
- In house volunteer programme
- Progression routes to continuing education, work experience and employment
The service was developed in response to concerns from mental health professionals about a lack of services relevant to “hard to reach” patients who may be unresponsive to conventional therapies, non-compliant with medication or experiencing difficulties engaging with other activities or services.
Our intake is through referrals from mental health services. We can also consider self-referrals. Throughout engagement we work closely with multi-disciplinary health and social care teams including nursing staff, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists.
- Pre-start assessment of mental health history, risk factors, musical interests, aspirations and goals
- Ongoing monitoring and care team contact throughout engagement
- One-to-one and group work promoting creative collaboration, peer support and social inclusion
- Safe, supportive and friendly environments with a non-judgemental approach
- Signposting to appropriate services and progression routes
- Up to date protocols, safeguarding policies, CRB disclosures, public liability insurance
- Client progress and outcomes recorded through observation, feedback and evaluation
The charity was set up in 1997 by a group of patients at Highgate Mental Health Centre in North London to provide music activities on the wards. We now work in partnership with NHS in-patient and secondary mental health services and statutory and voluntary sector health and social care agencies in London and various locations around the UK to provide services for over 3,000 people each year.
Music and Mental Health
Music can play a valuable role in recovery from mental illness. It can stimulate emotional and aesthetic responses, develop creative, technical, social and vocational skills, improve expression, communication, confidence and self-esteem, and facilitate positive changes in behaviour and wellbeing.
Our innovative approach draws on clinical therapeutic techniques and music industry practice using creative collaboration and culturally relevant music activities and genres to engage clients.
We aim to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing through reducing symptoms and relapse rates and creating new life opportunities.
We are also recognised for our pioneering work around improving physical health outcomes through using music as a conduit to engagement in sport, wellbeing, including smoking cessation, and pro-social activities.
Our award-winning programme also includes regular concerts, open mic and social events at our in-house venue and at community festivals, conferences and events.