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More than 30 hospital staff and inpatients drummed up support for Comic Relief earlier today by taking part in an enthusiastic and therapeutic drumming session.

The Trust’s Occupational Therapy team organised the special Red Nose Day drumming session at ²gether’s Wotton Lawn hospital in Gloucester.

Therapeutic Drum Circle sessions are now held regularly in the hospital’s gym to help the recovery of inpatients with mental health problems – and staff seized the chance to enjoy the benefits too.

Jayne Robinson, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist at ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were delighted to see so many staff taking part in the Drum Circle and it was a great way to kick off our Red Nose Day fundraising activities at Wotton Lawn.

Research shows that drum therapy can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and promote overall emotional and physical wellbeing. Drumming sessions in the workplace have also shown to improve mood by 46%, rising to over 60% six weeks after the session1.

One in four people experience mental health issues at some stage in their lives and the Drum Circle is just one of the many therapeutic activities used by the trust to raise patient’s self esteem, increase confidence and promote long term mental wellbeing.

Comic Relief has given £4 million to the national Time to Change campaign, which aims to raise awareness of mental health problems in England and tackle the stigma, discrimination and social exclusion that exists.

“We’re so glad Comic Relief has a focus on mental illness because it is one of society’s last taboos. It is so often the subject of stigma and discrimination,” added Jayne. “We are always looking for new ways to help our service users and the Drum Circle has proved very popular and successful. It was great to see staff enjoying the benefits too.”

You can join the trust free and show your support for people facing stigma and social exclusion locally, by clicking here.