How dance helps young Swedish girls with mental health problems 

The key is that this isn't competitive or tightly choreographed dance; the girls are allowed to move as they wish in free sessions alongside themed choreographed sections.

Catherine Edwards
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How dance helps young Swedish girls with mental health problems  - NewsMavens
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The concept "Dance for Health" has spread across Sweden, and is intended as a cheap and accessible complement to treatments such as talking therapy and medication.

Girls aged between 13 and 18 who were experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, and physical symptoms such as stomach pain and headaches, are invited to dance and move in any way they like.

Results from studies show that twice weekly sessions led to improvements in self-assessments, and reduction in their symptoms and painkiller use.

Details from the story:

  • Researcher Anna Duberg has been carrying out research into this kind of dance therapy for over ten years
  • Now the researcher and physiotherapist has been awarded a prize by medical newspaper Dagens Medicin for her work
  • Nearly 300 instructors have been trained in the concept
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