Music-focused, mental health events and mental health help-seeking

McClymont, Rachel, and Krause, Amanda E. (2022) Music-focused, mental health events and mental health help-seeking. In: Proceedings of the Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS) 2022 Conference. From: Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS) 2022 Conference, 28 September 2022, Online.

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Many people do not seek mental health support due to the impact of self-stigma; yet, research indicates that music can assist people in seeking mental health support. The present study explored how attending a music-focused mental health event might promote self-compassion and self-efficacy and, in turn, how these might promote mental health help-seeking behaviours. This mixed-methods, case study focused on the Indigo Project’s “Listen Up” event, in which participants engage with a curated playlist (drawing on soundtrack, ambient and experimental music) along with oral guidance provided by a psychologist. After attending Listen Up, participants (N = 232, 100% female, Mage = 36.56 SDage = 8.80) were asked to complete an online survey, including standardized measures of mindfulness, self-compassion, self-efficacy, self-stigma of help seeking, help seeking intentions, and well-being, along with questions probing emotions and self-reflections during the experience. A subset of participants (N = 18) were subsequently interviewed about their experience. Analysis is currently underway. Study findings, particularly those pertaining to stigma and seeking psychological assistance, have implications for our understanding of the ways that music can be used in psychological practice to promote mental health and well-being.

Item ID: 76126
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: music psychology; psychology of music; social and applied psychology of music; help-seeking, mental health, mental health support, self-compassion, mindfulness, music listening, focussed listening
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2022 02:42
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 60%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360399 Music not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 40%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130102 Music @ 60%
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