music minds

A 12-week programme to enable and empower teenagers to improve their mental health through music.

Young person looking for advice/support? Find links to organisations who can help here.

What is Music Minds infographicRead more in the full infographic.

For young people experiencing stress, anxiety and mental health problems, getting help before the age of 14 is crucial. Yet less than half of young adults with these problems get the support they need – often because they feel ashamed about their feelings.

Music can provide a safe environment to tackle this issue, a form of self-expression and understanding which our evaluations are showing, is proving effective as a means of building confidence and self-esteem, and developing resilience and coping strategies.

The programme involves:

  • Whole year, parent and teacher introductory activities – including sessions led by self-harm expert Satveer Nijjar – raising awareness and understanding of mental health and self-harm for pupils, teachers and parents – open to all
  • Weekly group music sessions for young people with mental health issues and at risk of self-harming.
  • One-to-one music mentoring sessions by referral from agencies working with young people (eg hospital education, youth support, social services)


Download the Music Minds programme outline

Contact us as soon as possible to express your interest in being one of the first schools to partner in this pioneering programme once it launches fully in 2018. An interrim evaluation report is available on request. Subsidised cost to schools is £785.

Download the What is Music Minds? infographic

Download the Top tips for music/arts organisations, schools and commissioners infographic

Read our Music Minds blog post on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport blog.


Who’s behind this?

The Phase 1 pilot was delivered by The Music Works in partnership with Barnwood Park and Severn Vale secondary schools, as well as the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, as part of the CCG’s Cultural Commissioning Programme which is linking clinicians, patients, commissioners and patient representatives with artists and musicians to develop health interventions. Music Minds is funded by Youth Music, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Make Music Gloucestershire. Initial development has been subsidised by Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning.