by Jamie E. Gilliam, MTI
Since 1949, America has observed Mental Health Awareness month in May to raise mental health awareness for everyone, including those diagnosed with mental illnesses. This year’s theme is “Risky Business,” and focuses on educating the public about habits that may indicate the presence of or increase the risk of developing a mental illness. Prescription and other drug misuse, compulsive buying, internet addiction, compulsive sex, and exercise disorders are all risk factors that could disrupt a person’s mental health and potentially lead them towards a mental health crisis.
So, what are some ways to avoid “Risky Business?” According to Mental Health America, some options to stay busy and keep a healthy mind include:
Music therapy can help those with mental health conditions with self-identity and awareness, improve quality of life, and help to maintain wellness. Music therapy offers opportunities for individuals to focus on the present moment, requires activation and coordination of the entire brain, and provides a successful experience through individual or group interaction. A music therapy wellness group typically includes exercises such as instrument playing, group singing, active music listening, and movement. Wellness groups mainly use social activities that are fun and engaging, but have overall goals including attention training and group cohesion.
If you or someone you know would benefit from a music therapy wellness group, or if you have any questions about music therapy and mental health, comment below or contact us for more information.
For even more information about Mental Health Awareness Month, visit Mental Health America online.
Allison G. Hingley, MM, MT-BC
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