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Depression and Music: Approaching Health Equity Through Therapeutic Choir Singing

  • Kirstin Robertson-Gillam
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the power of therapeutic choir singing to reduce depression in middle to later life. Group choirs are known for their ability to support members from a psychosocial perspective; engaging them in creative expression, increasing individual and group interactions, building friendships and decreasing social isolation. Major depression is now a leading cause of disability worldwide in terms of total years lost due to disability, but therapeutic choirs can foster community involvement and cohesion, bringing about a sense of well-being for its members. Furthermore, exposure to aesthetic activities is a human right that is necessary for well-being. The power of shared creativity through a therapeutic choir strengthens and builds communities, conferring identity, expression and artistic innovation.

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  • Kirstin Robertson-Gillam
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  1. 1.Parkinson’s NSWNorth RydeAustralia

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