Music is key to healthy life: The Hills Private Hospital Mental Health Unit

Good for all: Music program facilitator Talitha Evans said music was beneficial for all "well and unwell, no matter your musical background". Picture: Gene Ramirez

Good for all: Music program facilitator Talitha Evans said music was beneficial for all "well and unwell, no matter your musical background". Picture: Gene Ramirez

MUSIC can help mental health patients boost their immune system and enhance intelligence, according to facilitators from The Hills Private Hospital Mental Health Unit.

The unit, in Baulkham Hills, runs a weekly music therapy program devised in conjunction with The Salvation Army.

Music facilitator Talitha Evans said the program aimed to develop a safe outlet for patients to develop skills, promote quality of life and maintain well-being.

"Music therapy serves as a complement to other therapies, building upon therapeutic goals to increase physical, emotional, cognitive and social functioning," Ms Evans said.

"The ultimate goals [of the program] are to effect changes in behaviour and facilitate development of skills."

Music therapy patients achieve their goals by playing instruments, listening and improvising, which works by getting individuals to relate to each other through creating music spontaneously.

"The impact has been incredible," Ms Evans said.

"Most patients have had no background in music . . .  they are acquiring understanding of this creative medium, develop skills to take into their treatment and live though the joy of music."

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