Jim Miller has been helping at Hopewell's Theraputic Farm assisting the mentally ill through music with their Musical Journey Group. Jim and Bob Weirich lead the group by using music therapy to help adults deal with mental illness. Music has been shown to be healing and to enhance brain function, hand-eye coordination and help in maintaining focus. Based on the belief that music is a powerful therapeutic tool that helps in recovery, the program allows the residents to reconnect with their emotions and express themselves through creative means.
Results of the program have been excellent. Residents report increased selfawareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. Their socialization skills have improved through group collaboration. Jim stated, “We talk about different things when we get together to play. Music is a healing process.”