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Benefits of the Performing Arts on children's mental health

By Lottie Wright

February 05, 2020
Benefits of the Performing Arts on children's mental health

One in five children will have experienced mental health problems at least once in their lives by the time they leave primary school. (1)
 
For young people, taking part in performing arts activities can help with major life challenges such as exam stress or bereavement. In addition to this, they can also have a positive effect in reducing anxiety, stress and combatting depression.  It can help to boost confidence and make them feel more engaged and resilient. 
 
Attending a performing arts group provides Students with space for a social connection, creating a sense of belonging. 
 
In each of the three disciplines taught at Stagecoach Performing Arts, Students are exposed to techniques and a social environment which can have a positive impact on their mental health and well-being. 
 

Singing

When learning to sing, students are taught breathing techniques, such as how to use their diaphragm and increase your oxygen intake and lung capacity. 
Understanding breath techniques can be used to help those who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. 
Studies have shown that singing releases endorphins which also reduce stress and anxiety levels, allowing students to switch off from the outside world and just enjoy the activity. (2)
 

Dancing

Being physically active releases positive endorphins which make students feel more relaxed and overall happier Dance classes are a great way to get students moving, burning calories, developing muscle control, balance and coordination.
According to a study conducted by the University of Hertfordshire Psychology Professor Peter Lovatt, the happiness experienced while dancing is measurable even after dancing increased levels in happiness present as long as a week after the last dance.(3)
 
 

Acting

Acting and drama classes offer Students a safe place to explore issues relevant to their lives. This raises awareness of the issues young people are facing and also provides an opportunity for adults to understand what they are going through without having to talk about hard to discuss issues.  Ultimately, providing a space that encourages conversation and healing through creative expression.
 
Performing as a group provides young people with a shared positive experience, something they are able to bond over, creating friends and a support network. For many having a group outside of school or family is vital.
 

 
Research by the Scottish Government has shown that those who participated in a creative or cultural activity were 38% more likely to report good health compared to those who did not.
For participants in dance, the figure reporting good health leapt to 62% (4)

 
To find out where your local Stagecoach Performing Arts Classes are, visit stagecoach.co.uk 
 
 


 
(1) Source: Centre for Mental Health (2015).
Children of the New Century: Mental health findings from the Millennium Cohort Study centreformentalhealth.org.uk 
(2) Source: www.singupfoundation.org

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