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New survey reveals how music has helped the UK survive lockdown

According to a new survey published this week by UK Music and taken by pollsters Public First, music has played an integral role in reducing the stresses of the majority of UK citizens over lockdown.

It was the largest poll performed since the music industry’s initial closure back in March 2020, and was orchestrated to find out what role music played in the lives of the British public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 The key findings of the wide-ranging poll revealed:

  • 57% of adults said music had helped them cope with lockdown
  • Around one million adults say they have taken up an instrument during lockdown
  • 71% think music makes them more productive at work/studying (From a personal perspective music & shows on BBC Sounds have kept me focussed at work & WFH. It helps my anxiety issues so much – in a good way!)

The Importance of Live Music & Venues To The Nation: 

  • Despite Covid-19, 43% of the public are interested in going to a live concert, gig or festival this year
  • Two-thirds (66%) said they planned to attend as many or even more gigs than before Covid-19 hit
  • Among 18-24 year-olds, 38% say going to a music festival or gig is one of the things they are most looking forward to
  • Almost half the public (45%) are worried about the financial viability of their local music venues due to the impact of Covid-19

Live Well Every Day: Your Plan for a Happy Body and Mind

Dr Alex George is an A&E & TV doctor. He has been working in A&E as an emergency doctor throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has become a well-known and respected figure amongst healthcare professionals in the UK, bringing the nation accessible and reassuring advice directly from the frontline.

Alex is on a mission to make mental health education compulsory in schools, and has become prolific throughout the UK in his campaigning with charities such as YoungMinds, Anna Freud Centre & Mind, witha goal to ensure mental health sits alongside the likes of Maths and English on the curriculum. Alex has now been appointed by the Prime Minister as Youth Mental Health Ambassador to the government.

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Alex is a resident presenter on ITV’s Lorraine, has presented for Watchdog and also appeared on Celebrity Masterchef. Alex is also a fully qualified Level 3 PT.

Find out more about Dr Alex:
Instagram @dralexgeorge
Twitter @dralexgeorge
TikTok @dralexgeorge
YouTube: Dr Alex George

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Signed edition

Mental Health Awareness Week MAY 10-16 2021

Some simple steps to help ourselves look after our Mental Health as we do our Physical Health for example:

  • Drinking 2 litres of water per day
  • Minimum of 15 mins walk per day
  • Fresh air
  • Enjoy the sunshine and its motivational boost
  • Take your lunch break
  • Ensure you see, or speak to, someone each day