New songs from ATU

Uplifting songs created through Iontas Arts & Mental Health Programme

Two uplifting new songs have been created by participants of the Activation Therapy Unit at St Otteran’s Hospital, Waterford, in collaboration with WHAT musicians Jane O’Brien Moran, Leah Clarke and Liam Merriman.  Although the songs, entitled Good Times and Enjoy Yourself, were not created with the Covid 19 pandemic in mind, the song lyrics are very relevant and may offer some hope to the listener at this challenging time.  Performed by musician Jane O’Brien Moran, the songs are available here:

Good Times:

Enjoy Yourself:

The songs were created through the Iontas Arts and Mental Health programme, which is managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), in partnership with the Waterford Wexford Mental Health Services (WWMHS), across eight settings in Waterford.  The Irish word for ‘wonder’ or ‘surprise’, Iontas brings arts experiences, such as music, visual art, creative writing, movement and drama to people living with mental health issues, to support their wellbeing and recovery.

WHAT is Ireland’s leading arts and health organisation.  Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings.  WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity.  WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website