Have you ever pondered the link between science and music? Have you ever wondered whether listening to music and creating music affect our mental health...
Music and Mental Health: Music Listening and Music Creating
14 George Street
Access and Inclusion
Have you ever pondered the link between science and music? Have you ever wondered whether listening to music and creating music affect our mental health? Can a music app help to manage depression? This Vivid Ideas event invites you to explore music on a different level when leading Australian researchers Sandra Garrido (Western Sydney University) and Katherine Boydell (Black Dog Institute) talk about breakthrough scientific studies on music and mental health.
Dr Garrido will describe research that shows that listening to music – even music expressing negative emotions like sadness or anger – can be an effective way to deal with moods and how music can sometimes have negative effects on mental health. Research shows almost 75% of musicians and people in the music industry identify as having suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, and 68.5% from depression.
Professor Boydell and colleagues, working with musicians, explored the ‘dangerous emotional terrain’ that can emerge when working with extremely sensitive material, based on in-depth interviews with young people impacted by psychosis. Audience members will listen to original music scores created in response to the stories of young people with mental illnesses. Garrido and Boydell will also talk about their recent collaboration involving working with young people with depression to co-develop a smartphone app ‘Moody Tunes’ that will use music to help young people understand their depression and how to manage it.