The magic of music
“Paul came to a Soundwell group for fifteen months. He has a long history of psychosis, severe difficulties forming relationships and many failed attempts at work/college. When he first came to the group he lived at home, was unemployed and was unable to use public transport. Music Therapy had actually been identified for Paul as an unmet need by his care team – since before Soundwell formed there was no music therapy for people with mental health needs in the area. When he first attended the group he was extremely anxious and found talking very difficult. His sense of his own worth was also very low. While Paul found talking to people very hard, he found communicating through music much easier and over many months group work using the instruments he started to make good relationships with other group members and began to feel part of the group – he started to feel he belonged and felt he fitted in. At the same time he started to feel better about himself, which made him feel less anxious in the group, which made communication easier.”
Find out more about Soundwell Music Therapy Trust by exploring the Feeder Canal Route on Bristol Giving Day – the Bridges Challenge.