Hip-hop culture is a powerful vehicle for raising awareness about mental health. It is rich with references to psychiatric illnesses that have not been explored, dissected and documented until now.
We are the interface that links hip-hop music and culture with mental health. Our medical credibility and authentic passion for hip-hop enables us to bridge this gap. We understand the culture and speak the language. We want to share our knowledge in order to cultivate awareness, empower others and remove stigma surrounding mental health and hip-hop….
1. to engage directly with youths and the general public
2. to bring teaching innovation using a hip-hop framework to the medical professionals and academics.
We apply the 5 elements of hip-hop culture especially focusing on the 5th element: knowledge. Hip-hop lyrics go far beyond the swearing, the rapping about money and exploitation of women. Conscious lyricism contains raw, unfiltered narration describing the harsh realities and coping mechanisms used to combat these detrimental circumstances – this is a recurrent theme in hip-hop music. Hip hop music is rich with mental health references related to addiction, psychosis, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and so on, as well as multiple environmental risk factors (e.g., urbanicity, poor nutrition, destructive parental influences resulting in childhood maltreatment in the absence of positive role models) and predisposing genetic and epigenetic risk factors.
Often these messages have been overlooked because the mode of communication immediately breaks down between the experts and those speaking out. HIP-HOP-PSYCHTM offers a unique and innovative approach for engaging with mental health experts alongside the wider public in order to challenge stereotypes and to disarm the boundaries between psychiatry, humanities, and hip-hop culture.
What happens when Music meets Psychology?
To thank to all of our supporters we are releasing some new thoughts and material on our website to share with you all.
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