Musicians Help Chronically Ill Young People Flourish

04/05/2011

"The premise of the program... is to allow these kids to engage in something positive and creative beyond their illness, to connect to their peers and to others in the music industry,” says Dr McFerran. Dr McFerran says research into resilience showed that as little as one key experience, or one key person who believed in them could be enough for someone to rise above their difficulties.

"It’s important not to pathologise these young people, who have incredibly heavy issues to deal with in their lives, but who are still looking for opportunities to express themselves, move beyond their disease, and connect with other people."