Can hip-hop music help to prevent suicide?

The findings open new pathways for research to deepen our understanding of promoting positive mental health through music and mitigating the risks of sharing lived experiences in the lyrics.

Olufemi Talabi reviews a recent study exploring the association between Logic’s hip-hop song “1-800-273-8255” with Lifeline calls and suicides in the United States.

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Mapping the links between leisure activities and health outcomes: the Multilevel Leisure Mechanism Framework

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Alice Potter summarises a narrative review and multi-level theoretical framework of mechanisms of action on how leisure activities affect health.

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Music therapy for depression: I want more…reliable research

The key difference between music therapy and music medicine is the presence of a trained music therapist. Both are becoming more accepted as treatments for mental health problems.

Jessica Bone summarises a recent meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials examining the effects of music therapy and music medicine on depressive symptoms.

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Aromatherapy and dental anxiety

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This review of the efficacy of aromatherapy on dental anxiety included 17 studies (11 RCTs, 6 CCTs). The evidence suggets aromatherapy may reduce dental anxiety and has comparable effects on dental anxiety compared to music intervention but the evidence is limited and of low to very low certainty

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Music therapy for autistic children: playing better than listening?

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Hilary Shepherd summarises a recent randomised controlled trial comparing music therapy to music listening for children with autism spectrum disorder.

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Music to reduce anxiety and increase comfort among older people in care homes

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Hilary Shepherd appraises and summarises a recent Turkish randomised controlled trial, which explores the effect that music can have on the comfort and anxiety levels of older adults living in a nursing home.

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Weekly singing in choir may improve the mental health of cancer carers

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Katherine Tallent writes her debut blog on a recent longitudinal controlled study exploring psychosocial singing interventions for the mental health and well-being of family carers of patients with cancer.

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Music groups on acute mental health inpatient wards

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Una Foye highlights a small qualitative study that explores the benefits of establishing music groups on acute mental health inpatient wards. She reflects on the boredom felt by many inpatients and the importance of social connection and a positive ward atmosphere that may indirectly improve recovery and mental well-being.

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