What effect does music have on mental health?

FIRST BROADCAST : April 11, 2019 8:00 pm

This week, we continue our visit to the Parents' Show archives to listen again to the popular show on Music & Mental Health.

In this episode, Kathy talks about the impact that spooky music might have on mental health. When we say spooky, we mean all types of death metal, dark music – perhaps music that mummy and daddy would not approve of, but that young people say is beneficial to coping with life’s stresses and strains. Kathy is joined by Dave Neal of Radio Verulam (a music lover and musician) and by Vlod, a young man who claims death metal helped him coped with troubled times.

We also speak with Professor Rob Poole, Professor of Social Psychiatry, School of Social Sciences at Bangor University, and Jo Askham, a Freelance arts consultant based in St Albans, two mental health professionals who comment on why they think music is good for the brain and coping in general!