Choir members, including people with mental health problems, say their wellbeing and connectedness have improved since singing together

“I think there’s something physical about singing in a choir that does you good,” says Kaye Brown*. “For me it’s coming together, and the wellbeing I feel as a result of it. There’s a general improvement in my mental health. I feel better for singing.”

Brown, who is in her 60s and has a history of depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, has been a member of the HarmonyChoir in Edinburgh since it began over a year ago. The choir was originally started by Liesbeth Tip, a clinical psychologist who is doing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, as a two-month research project to explore the impact of singing on wellbeing and views of mental health. Due to popular demand, it is still going.

What I find great is that we had no idea what it was going to be like and we’re quite good

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".