Clubbing for mental health
August 10, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid, Eloise Cadman and Alex Youngs
London’s clubbing community is using raving to tackle mental health
A new London nightclub is donating profits to mental health charities.
London nightclub The Cause has partnered with three mental health charities, Mind in Haringey, CALM and Help Musicians, to raise the profile of mental health.
In 2016, a study into music and mental health by the UK charity Help Musicians suggested that musicians could be three times more likely to be depressed then the rest of the general population.
According to the Evening Standard, more research is being done. Music Support, a charity that helps musicians struggling with addiction and mental health, is collaborating with research group Elevate to collect data on the stressors affecting people in the dance music industry.
Samantha Parker, Founder and Consultant for Music Support, told the Standard: ‘Financial insecurity, the anxiety attached to the coming and going of success, the late nights, travelling and being away from home, and then the drugs and alcohol that might be readily available…if you’re not careful, it can all contribute to a perfect storm of mental health difficulties.’
Writer and mental health activist Natasha Devon wrote an opinion piece in The Metro in which she explored the effects of modern culture on young people’s mental health.
In the article, Natasha questioned whether social media and smartphone technology were to blame for the rise of mental health problems in young people, contending instead that we should look at the link between the increase in cases of self harm and the beginning of austerity measures.
She wrote: ‘Millions of families throughout the country are struggling financially, meaning parents who work longer hours and less quality family time. The closure of Local Authority funded sports centres, social services and libraries has also led to a loss of community – isolation being a key vulnerability indicator in poor mental health.’
Natasha also suggested that changes in the education system may be responsible, writing that ‘Academic anxiety has now superseded body image worries as the primary reason young people tell me their mental health is suffering.’
And while the media often appears to focus on self harm in young women, Natasha says that gender is a ‘red herring’, and that young men find ways to harm themselves that may not be obvious.
There is growing evidence that suggest loneliness and being isolated from others is bad for our mental health.
The ability to build and maintain supportive friendships over our lifetime can have a significant impact on our mental health, says the Belfast Telegraph.
According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, the feeling of loneliness is is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that friends can be important in helping to turn good intentions about getting fit or eating well into long-lasting behaviours. Friendships can also provide a sense of belonging and community.
Psychologist, Dr Ann-Marie Creaven, told the Belfast Telegraph: ‘Having friendships and good relationships around you increases your feeling that you can cope with stressful events.’
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