Staying in pitch is key to keeping healthcare professionals and their patients happy.
With just two rehearsals the Counties Manukau Health makeshift choir did a one-off performance in celebration of World Mental Health Day last Thursday.
The choir was created to remind healthcare professionals and their patients of the importance of relaxation and staying connected.
Tenor and Counties Manukau service user Noel Tua already knows the benefits of singing.
The Otahuhu resident, who has bipolar disorder, uses singing to help recover and stay well.
He sings in both the St Patrick's and St Joseph's Cathedral choirs in the city.
"I would like people to remember to hold on for hope. You just have to think each episode is a chance to get better. No matter how dark it is, it's going to get better," Mr Tua says.
King's College music teacher and choir conductor Chris Artley says the choir did well for the little time they had to prepare.
"We were able to add in harmony parts and go a lot further than what I would have expected from only two rehearsals," he says.
Mental Health nurse June Hastings says the idea to create a choir came from a British idea that singing can connect a community.
The Mental Health Foundation set out a challenge to "connect" with others during mental health awareness week from October 7 to 13.
Foundation director of policy and development Hugh Norriss says many people isolate themselves because they have so many demands of their time.
"Isolation not only contributes to depression but can often make the experience of having depression more severe and hinder recovery," he says.
Go to mentalhealth.org.nz for tips and ideas on how to connect with people in your life and a list of activities happening throughout the country.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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