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OUR MISSION IS TO REDUCE MENTAL HEALTH INEQUALITIES FOR DISADVANTAGED GROUPS.

We use Therapeutic Hip Hop as an art-based alternative to medication. We bridge the gap between Hip Hop and therapy.

We aim to:

  • Reduce inequalities for disadvantaged groups


  • Offer an art-based alternative to medication for human distress


  • Bridge the gap between Hip Hop and therapeutic creative writing

 
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KIZ

Executive Founding Director

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DAVID BOOMAH

Director of Youth Services

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RICHARD WHITELAW

Director of Mental Health

 

"Hip Hop Therapy uses Hip-Hop music and culture to engage youth and address their issues in therapy by encouraging them to reflect on Hip-Hop lyrics as they relate to the youths’ own life experiences."

Allen (2005)

“...the birth of Hip Hop was inherently therapeutic.”

Levy & TaeHyuk Keum  (2014)

“Hip Hop offers an expressive channel [for] marginalised communities.”

Viega (2012)

“Rap can reflect… a community and its major issues.”

Frisch Hara (2012)

 

WHAT DO OUR PARTICIPANTS SAY?

“I was very active mentally during the workshops, learning how to declutter my mind through writing. I found it a good way of grounding myself and relaxing. It wasn’t demanding.”

“I really enjoyed the course. I was scared of doing it before but once in the group realised I didn’t need to be scared. I learnt a lot and enjoyed it and made friends.”

“The workshops were fun and made me think. I had no idea I could write so easily using the techniques we learnt and was very pleasantly surprised.”

“Kiz is friendly and knows her stuff when it comes to creative writing. She made the atmosphere non-pressured as we were free to share if we wanted to but did not have to. Most times I was happy to.”

“It opened me up to having more confidence and listening to others.”

“The creative writing was really inspirational. It was totally life-changing and has helped me overcome numerous things.”

“Kiz is a big kid in a positive way, bubbly and encouraging.”

“Thank you and please may I come again?”

“There’s no pressure to take part if you’re not  up to it.”

“I enjoyed the freedom of speech, allowing you to share or withhold.”

 
 
 

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