July 31, 2017

How Music Helps Depression, Crime and Relationships


Music therapy is a very simple and effective way to treat a variety of mental illnesses. The therapeutic effects of music are widely known for both the musician and listener. Music has a way of drawing an emotional response by allowing people to express emotions that might otherwise have remained hidden.

Listening to music can often lead to discussions about deeply personal issues because music causes the body to release endorphins, which counteract pain. Artistic expressions such as song writing can play an important role in restoring broken relationships and the potential for reconciliation.

Researchers suggest it takes 10-25 minutes of intentional music listening to put you into the right headspace. Music can change the way you breathe, so it can help relax the mind.

Classical music in particular has the ability to reduce crime in cities. Some cities around the world have started playing classical music in high traffic areas, to ensure that most people hear it. Studies show it reduces stress, anxiety, and fights depression by making the brain release dopamine. Even if you don’t usually listen to classical music it may be worth giving it a try.

While listening to music can be helpful, producing music, whether it be singing or playing an instrument has its benefits as well.

Although music therapy is not the final answer to the issue of mental health treatment, it can be a more affordable and accessible first step in helping people manage their emotions; gain new insights; change destructive behaviors; and transform lives.

What songs have given you new insight and helped you turn your life around? Join us in our discussion. Your story may just inspire someone.