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Melodies for the Mentally Ill
Transcript of Melodies for the Mentally Ill
"From a Distance"
Mental Illness can be a leading cause for other community problems, such as:
Homelessness, Crime rates, School Drop-out Rates, Suicide, Chronic illnesses and rising costs of Healthcare.
The Grace Notes
"Another Grey Morning"
Mental Illness is any condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others or daily functioning.
Mental Illness can affect people of
age, race, culture, religion or income. It affects not only the person suffering from the illness, but also their
families, friends & loved ones.
Cost of Care
Americans spend $193.2 Billion in earnings each year on severe mental illness treatments and care.
while 60% of adults & 50% of youths still receive no treatment at all
Mood Disorders, such as: depression, bipolar, panic disorders, etc, are the third most common cause for hospitalization for all ages.
50% of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14
75% begins by age 24.
Even with proper treatment, there are sometimes decade long delays between the first symptoms and care.
Education & Decay
50% of students with a mental health condition ages 14 and older drop out.
This is the highest drop out rate of any other group.
About 40% of the homeless population suffers from severe mental illness.
They are the people most likely to be arrested and incarcerated.
Most of them never accept any care or treatment, remaining undiagnosed.
Statistics & Facts
1 out 4 adults is suffering from mental illness
That is about 61.5 million Americans
About 13.6 million of these cases are severe
20% of ages 13-18 develop severe mental illnesses
13% of ages 8-15 develop severe mental illnesses
Paige Zuidema, Kylie White & Kirsti Hanech
Faces of Disease
About 14.8 million Americans have Major Depression
About 6.1 million Americans have Bipolar Disease
About 2.4 million Americans have Schizophrenia
About 42 million Americans suffer from Panic Disorders
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Borderline Personality Disorder
This is each year!
Notes on Sound
Participate with the Choir, Orchestra, or the Audience
Rehearsals will be held once a week
Concerts will be held at local venues
Added Performances will be in hospitals and schools
Benefit Concerts will be with Music Stars
An album will be recorded yearly by RPM Entertainment
We want to use music therapy to unite and uplift the mentally ill. Music has been used to treat psychiatric illnesses since the ancient Greek and Roman times.
Any profits made from concerts and sales will
be put into further developing the
music therapy program and treatment costs for the mentally ill.
Music Therapy is an established health service similar to occupational and physical therapy. It consists of using music to address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning for patients of all ages.
We hope to start a performance group,
. Musical artists in the community will volunteer to work with the group. The mentally ill will participate in
regular rehearsals, write original pieces and give performances in Nashville.
Once a year they will also record a live album with RPM Entertainment and hold a benefit concert with the stars.
"Love & Compassion"
Behind the Scenes
We hope to create a community of individuals, Where they can connect to each other and enhance their lives through music.
Each performance will offer something to the participants in the program as well as provide opportunities for the community to get involved and educated about mental illness and treatments.
It will help encourage and uplift the mentally ill, while engaging them in skills to develop socially, cognitively, and enhance their personal self-esteem and happiness.
"Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words."
Robert G. Ingersoll
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This topic was especially close to me,
as I am a guardian for my little brother who is a
Paranoid Schizophrenic and a musician.
I wrote this song for him when he was first diagnosed in 2009,
It helped to soothe him in his delusional state and warm him to the idea of trusting me and his doctors for treatment.
It was also part of the inspiration for this program.
Songs with the Stars
The Jacobs Brothers
and more artists to help raise money and awareness!
Background Music Therapy
- music is heard for an average of 8 to 12 hours daily as part of a hospital routine.
- helps patients appreciate the significance of music and art in general.
- is used in conjunction with other therapeutic procedures.
- includes individual or group singing and playing musical instruments.
- has musicians perform in psychiatric units.
- has patients write songs, compose music, and play instruments.
What if I told you, I'm sorry? Would it make a difference if I believed?
Please help me try to understand.
Now I wonder if you're lonely, How long has this been going on?
Was it us who never listened? I promise to hold you, 'til it's gone?
*And I’ll banish every bad dream, They’re just bad dreams.
Just hold onto those memories, all good memories.
Follow me and we’ll find peace, Follow me. Follow me.
Do you think I’ve deceived you? Do you know how much I care?
That I’ll stand by you forever, I know what you’re facing, isn’t fair.
*And I’ll banish every dream, they’re just bad dreams.
Just hold onto those memories, all good memories,
Follow me and we’ll find peace, follow me. Follow me.
~Sometimes the darkness, is all that you see,
All of the nightmares are your reality,
Just let me help you, past your disease, Don’t worry. Just follow me.
*And I’ll banish every bad dream,
Just hold onto those memories, all good memories.
Follow me, we’re gonna find peace. Follow me. Follow me.
Follow me. Follow me.
Music and Lyrics
"More than Words"
"The Christian community, gathered in common discipleship, is the place where individual gifts can be called forth and put into service for all. It belongs to the
essence of this new togetherness that our unique talents are no longer objects of competition, but
elements of community, no longer qualities that divide, but gifts that unite." p. 77
"The Beat Goes On"
"In the community, the particular talents of the
individual members become like the little stones that
form a great mosaic." p. 78
"We often think that service means to give something to others, to tell them how to speak, act, or behave, but now it appears that above all else, real, humble service is helping our neighbors discover that they possess great, but often hidden talents that can enable them to do even more for us than we
can do for them." p. 79
"When we unmask the illusion that a person is the difference she or he makes, we can come together on the basis of our common human brokenness and our common need for healing." p. 78
This project was important to me because I think the world has come to a place where we are
. We dehumanize the mentally ill and forget that these people have feelings. This program can help us build a sense of community & show people that the the mentally ill
are just like everyone else. Not only can we do this, but we can show them that they are also a part of society, like everyone else, no more & no less.
I know from working with the mentally ill in High School that they are just as uncomfortable
as we are, but we have the chance to
build a bridge.
"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise."
Heroes & Heartaches
90% of suicide victims have suffered from one or more mental health conditions.
Suicide is the tenth leading cause for death in the US, and the third for ages 15-24.
There are more deaths from suicides, than homicides in the US.
About 49% of Veterans suffer from mental illnesses.
Each day about 2 Vets commit suicide. While they represent only 1% of the U.S. population they account for 20% of the national suicide rates.
Not Seen, but Heard
While some symptoms of mental illness can be seen on the outside, much of the diseases are hidden, making it difficult to understand them & treat them.
"For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him."
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."
"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness & patience."
"Compassion only begins when we are able to recognize every human being... as a reflection of our creator."
~Matt Litton p. 169
The Compassionate Response to Mental Illness
By: James Taylor
By: John Lennon
By: Hall & Oats
By: Sonny & Cher
~Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life
"You're the Inspiration"
One of the hardest things in dealing with the mentally ill, is getting the person who is suffering to take steps forward & receive treatment.
Paige, Kylie and Kirsti all hope that through this program and regular encouragement they will be able to raise awareness in the community
to get more people the help they need to live full & healthy lives.
By: Bette Midler
"Christ does not ask us to look upward, away from our condition, but to look in our midst and
discover God there."
~Compassion p. 23
"It is in the Christian community that we can be open and receptive to the suffering of the world and offer it a compassionate response." p. 49-50
~Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life
Copyright & Performance owned by Marcos & Kirsti Music
This project is important to me because music has helped me personally. Working in the music business I strive to share the power of music. I am fortunate to work with artists that have the same passion to share this and feel called to be apart of this project. RPM Entertainment plans to work with the mentally ill and try to bring more awareness to music therapy.