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Can music help your brain? 

September 28, 2018

By: Jenna Rachid, Eloise Cadman and Alex Youngs

Can music help your brain? 

Research suggests music can help people with dementia to improve their quality of life.

According to the BBC, music can sooth symptoms of dementia whilst improving quality of life. However, the BBC also notes that ‘only 5% of care homes have good quality arts and music programmes.’

The Singing for the Brain choir, an Alzheimer’s Society support service, brings people with dementia together and utilises singing to stimulate the brain.

Peter Edwards, leader of Singing for the Brain at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘You see people come back to life.’

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‘Learning To Grieve,’ musician George Shelley’s first documentary

In his first documentary musician and presenter, George Shelley, opens up how he has coped with grief.

In May 2017 Shelly tragically lost his sister in an accident. The film will explore Shelly’s relationship between his grief and his mental health.

According to the BBC, ‘Research suggests that bereavement is linked to high rates of suicide and mental health problems among young people.’

In the documentary Shelley speaks to his parents and best friend ‘in a bid to help with cope with, and better understand, the process of grieving.’ Shelly also talks to young people who have lost a sibling, to share advice and guidance on coping.

The film also discusses Shelley’s revelations after seeking therapy.

‘Learning To Grieve’ airs on Sunday 30 September at 10:00am on BBC Three.

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BBC drama praised by mental health expert

Veterans mental health charity, Combat stress, has praised Bodyguard for having its main character, David Budd, seek help for his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Speaking to The Metro, Dr Manveer Kaur, Senior Clinical Psychologist with Combat Stress, said: ‘We were very pleased to see the prime-time BBC One programme, Bodyguard, handle the story of a former serviceman with PTSD in a sensitive manner.’

In the final moments of the BBC drama, David Budd a former solider, went to an occupational health therapist and asked for help with his PTSD.

His battle with PTSD and his refusal to seek treatment was evident throughout the series, with Budd being detached from his surroundings and unintentionally strangling another character when she scared him awake.

Combat Stress now hopes other veterans will come forward, ‘It’s vital that veterans feel able to seek mental health support,’ Dr Kaur added.

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Should social media influencers be trying to help fans with mental health issues?

A new study of social media influencers found influencers with a large following regularly found themselves trying to support their fans with mental health issues, ranging from depression to suicidal thoughts.

According to Get the Gloss, two fifths of influencers surveyed said trying to provide mental health support had a direct impact on their own mental health as they do not have the training to offer such advice.

Influencer Jo Love told Get the Gloss: ‘People seem to feel more comfortable asking someone they know or follow on Instagram than their GP. This can lead to an enormous pressure to answer every question of comment and try and signpost them to the most appropriate channel for help’.

Jo, like many others, feels responsible for her followers. She has temporarily left Instagram to focus on her own mental health and recovery.

A digital counselling service by Minds For Life aims to help ‘support the supporters’.

First Listeners, a free online resource, provides influencers with techniques to use when their work or personal life takes an emotional toll. The platform also hosts video conferences on a monthly basis from a trained therapist.

Eline Bousfield, co-founder of Minds For Life, believes the First Listeners helps influencers understand ‘how important it is to direct their followers to professional resources’ and ‘it provides them with tools to create boundaries to protect their own mental health.’

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In case you missed it…

Three children in every classroom are suffering from mental health problems – Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan, has this week warned that ‘three children in every classroom are suffering mental health problems fuelled by social media.’

Do employers need to practice better workplace wellbeing? – More than one in three UK employees consider quitting their job regularly, according to new research by the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association (CABA).

Research grant contest seeks entries on anxiety and depression – A £10 million research competition for ‘outstanding research to advance the understanding and treatment of mental health conditions,’ was launched this week by The Wolfson Foundation.

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