Resilience, recovery and happiness within deprived communities


  • University of Manchester

Project summary

This project explores differing perspectives and experiences of resilience, recovery and happiness by linking music in deprived communities to research at the University of Manchester’s Division of Psychology and Mental Health. 

Diverse groups living in the most deprived areas of Manchester and Salford will engage in a programme of music-based activities over 24 months. Community groups will use workshops, discussions, debate and radio broadcasts as resources to create songs and lyrics about mental health resilience, recovery and happiness. 

This will contribute to a creative portfolio which uses emphasises practical strategies, such as coping with stress and anxiety, to improve mental health and wellbeing. The aim is for diverse groups in deprived areas to grow and manage the resource as a community asset for interactive engagement with resilience and recovery research.