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Bringing musical solutions to improve mental wellbeing

A new short film is charting the positive experiences of young people who have benefited from an innovative digital arts programme that aims to address their psychological needs and improve their mental wellbeing.

The film has been created by Noise Solution - which is commissioned by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (the CCGs) - to deliver music-based mentoring programmes using professional musicians rather than specialist mental health workers. Earlier this month Noise Solution, which operates across East Anglia, was nationally recognised by the Natwest Pioneer Post index as one of the top 100 social enterprises in the UK.

The film features participants who explain how they have gained confidence and improved self-esteem through the programme.

One young man explains how he felt able to apply to attend college after taking part and is now attending university and the mother of another participant tells how the programme has given her child joy for the first time in two years. The organisation is changing hugely negative (and costly) trajectories for young people.

You can watch the film HERE

In the first five weeks of the two-hourly, ten-week programme participants are given the opportunity to create music using state-of-the-art software, either at home or in school, with a focus on making them feel good at something quickly. This could be Hip Hop, Rock, grime, drum ‘n’ bass or acoustic singer/songwriter material.

The next five weeks are spent in a commercial recording studio to help hone the young person’s sense of competency and achievement and bolster their confidence and sense of worth.

Every aspect of the process is captured using audio and visual aids to create a digital story that can then be shared with the people who are important to them.

Since being commissioned by the CCGs, Noise Solution has helped 20 young people struggling to engage with traditional talking therapy approaches, with funding to repeat the process for another two years.

Dr Rosalind Tandy, a GP in Bury St Edmunds and mental health lead for NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Music is an important part of the lives of so many young people and this programme makes a genuine difference to them and their families.

“Our young people are our future so it is vital that we do all we can to support their mental wellbeing. By doing so we can give them the very best chance of enjoying a long and healthy adult life.”

Simon Glenister, Founder and CEO, Noise Solution, said: “Noise Solution is a highly statistically significant approach to improving well-being with transformative results. Our expertise in the area is recognised to the extent that we’ve recently been invited to contribute to two all parliamentary groups. Ours is an approach born out of a desire to remove the ‘woolly’ from arts impact. We can prove what we are doing is impactful, cost saving and transformative for participants and the families we work with.”

Visit the Noise Solution website HERE

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