Exploring the Role of Music in Supporting Recovery from Postnatal Depression and Loneliness: Rosie Perkins

Centre für Performance Science, Royal College of Music | Imperial College London, UK

Postnatal depression (PND) is characterised by persistent low mood, sadness, feelings of hopelessness, sleep problems, and frightening thoughts. Prevalence figures vary, but PND is thought to affect over 15% of women globally in the time after having a baby, and it can also affect fathers and partners. PND is linked with postnatal loneliness, and social support for new parents is identified as a key means of prevention and support for perinatal mental health problems. In the UK, however, there can be barriers to accessing treatment and care, including stigma, health inequalities, and long waits for psychological treatments.
This talk will illuminate a programme of work at the Royal College of Music London that has aimed to address some of these challenges through in-person and online music interventions for women experiencing symptoms of PND and loneliness. Details will be shared of the rationale for this work, the coproduced development of the interventions, the research findings demonstrating their effectiveness, and implications for healthcare and music professionals.

Rosie Perkins is Professor of Music, Health, and Social Science at the Royal College of Music London. Based in the Centre for Performance Science, her research investigates two broad areas within music and mental health: how music and the arts support societal wellbeing and how to enhance artists’ wellbeing and career development. She has a particular interest in music and parental wellbeing.


Lection Series „Musik & Medizin“
The Salzburg lecture series Musik & Medizin presents scientific and artistic contributions from leading international experts in various disciplines to explore the interactions and mechanisms between the experience, processing and psycho-physiological impact of music on humans and to understand how music may promote health and wellbeing.
The lecture is part of an interdisciplinary course where the referents discuss themes of their fields of research.

Idea & Direction Lection Series „Musik & Medizin“
Katarzyna Grebosz-Haring (Systematic Musicologist | Programme Area (Inter)Mediation, Focus Area Science & Art | University Mozarteum Salzburg / Paris Lodron University Salzburg).
In cooperation with Günther Bernatzky (Biologist | Paris Lodron University Salzburg) and Leonhard Thun-Hohenstein (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Paracelsus Medical Private University Salzburg)


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