Today the world is going through one of its toughest times. Millennial challenges and issues have increased the rate of suicides tremendously. Unmet desires for a better life, lack of safety, and various fears often fueled by a lack of tolerance breed an ever-increasing level of aggressiveness and rage. The resulting hostilities and losses in day to day lives of individuals cause serious mental health issues with visible human, and possibly not so apparent economic costs.
The World Economic Forum estimated the cost to be over 4 percent of the global GDP, more than the cost of cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease combined which, could cost the global economy up to 16 Trillion dollars by 2030 and 6 trillion dollars after that, annually.
There is hardly a culture in the world that does not recognise the healing power of music. The ancient medical science of India, known as Ayurveda, has a branch that details how music can heal a variety of ailments of the body and mind. This process of specific application is called raga chikitsa or raga vidya.
Raags are classified according to the most appropriate time of the day to be played and the predominant rasa or emotion that they evoke.
Internationally science has found compelling evidence that Indian Classical musical interventions can play a health care role. But even more importantly, they were able to document the neurochemical mechanisms by which music has an effect in four domains: management of mood, stress, immunity and as an aid to social bonding.
Music has the power to quench mental anguish, and it is that form of art, which is very easily accessible and has instantaneous effects on one’s mind.
Through our campaign #TipsMusic4MentalHealth we intend to increase the awareness of how music can play vital role in health care, appreciate our heritage of Raags and honour our legendary Artists.
Tips Music 4 Mental health compilations include legendary artists: Pt. Hari Prasad Chourasia, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pannalal Gosh, and Jagjit Singh.
The compilations are Mindful Morning Bliss Music , Mindful Music Evening Peace and Mindful Mantras which are all available on JioSaavn, Amazon Music and Gaana.
Social prescribing is projected to be employed across the U.K. by 2023, according to the government’s recent outline of its “loneliness strategy.” (Back in January of 2018, the U.K. appointed Tracey Crouch to serve as its first “minister of loneliness” to explore how to combat the “sad reality of modern life” following a revelatory report issued by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness the year prior.)
On 10th October 2019, the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Healthcare came together with Tips Industries to launch the #Music4MentalHealth initiative, in order to educate people about the positive impact that music can have on mental health.
Dr. Parikh (Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences) said, “over the years there has been a lot of research about the therapeutic role of music in terms of its impact on our emotional well-being. Music can be a very effective tool to help people relax, cope with distress and manage emotions effectively.”
The Managing Director, Mr. Kumar Taurani; Tips Industries Ltd. also stated “it’s a pleasure to collaborate and take this campaign forward with Dr. Parikh and the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare. Through our CSR activity we intend to urge people to listen to music mindfully. Our outreach will be over 100 schools in the coming year where we bring awareness to students from a young age via music workshops and also hold several corporate sessions”.
Tips Industries and Fortis Healthcare have also launched a “Music 4 Mental Health” workshop and certificate course especially curated for health practitioners across India.