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Musicking the self: music and mental health

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This article is based on the model of health as balance. Anthony Storr (1992) cites a close link between the functions in the ear of perceiving sound and the ability to balance physically.

The elements of music are the fundamental elements of human communication. As such, it is open to anyone, for it involves the private as well as the public, the amateur as well as the professional, the listener, the performer and the composer (Bunt, 1994).

The arts are seen as a place where adults can play, where they are free to explore their own subconscious and also to make mistakes. They are therefore, important arenas of self-development. Music is now everywhere and if people can be encouraged to reflect on their collections of recordings they can examine ways in which they can manage their moods effectively.

The musical experience

This means that all aspects of the musical experience can be healing. This map (Boyce-Tillman 2016) shows all the domains that need addressing:

• Materials – the instruments, the body and the technical aspects involved in producing sound as well as the acoustics of the space.

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The June/July issue of Mental Health Nursing is the second part of a special edition on art and art therapy in mental health. It includes: - News and views - Reflections on using arts therapies • Service user views • The role of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing • Part two of a comic series on suicide prevention • Research on art therapy in military veterans with PTSD