In response to a CDC report that nearly one third of Americans have experienced anxiety and depression due to COVID-19, MerckManuals.com, an online medical reference, is initiating a “Keep Music in Mind” campaign to advocate for the mental health benefits of playing and listening to music.
Visitors to a newly created microsite at MerckManuals.com/KeepMusicinMind can view a series of video clips of emerging musicians who attest that music has improved their mental health and fosters a sense of community, especially during a pandemic. They discuss why and how music can be a powerful tool for expressing emotions, releasing stress, and staying positive in uncertain times.
One of the performers encapsulates this message in a ditty written specifically for the campaign. The telling lyrics: “In a battle for our happiness that rages more than ever, music makes a space in which we’re all safer together.” Another took to singing from his