HIP HOP PSYCH Event 21st November


21st November 2013, 7pm – 9pm. ORTUS learning & events centre, 82-96 Grove Lane, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8SN

Co-Founded by Dr Akeem Sule & Dr Becky Inkster

“Demystifying mental illness through authentic beats and lyrics”

HHP Screens

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. HIP HOP PSYCH, co-founded by Dr Akeem Sule & Dr Becky Inkster, is the interface that links hip-hop with mental health.  Their medical credibility and authentic passion for hip-hop enables them to bridge this gap. They understand the culture, speak the language and want to share their knowledge in order to cultivate awareness and remove stigma surrounding mental health and hip-hop.

Although the lyrics of hip hop music are often associated with swearing, rapping about money and the exploitation of women, there are also rappers whose unfiltered narration goes beyond this by describing the harsh realities of their world and the coping mechanisms employed by some young people.  The music can be rich with references, for example, to addiction, psychosis, bipolar disorder and the effects of urbanicity, poor nutrition and destructive parental influences relating to childhood maltreatment in the absence of positive role models.  

For this event, HIP HOP PSYCH Co-Founders Dr Akeem Sule & Dr Becky Inkster will be focusing on dissecting and analysing a range of hip hop lyrics from different artists – such as Eminem, Tupac, Kendrick Lamar and J Cole – in order to demystify mental health.  In doing this they seek to disarm the boundaries between psychiatry, the humanities and hip-hop culture.  Their approach enables them to gain a deeper awareness into gang culture and allows them to get closer to the reality of the daily struggles and risk factors which people with mental health problems face.

The event will also feature a special performance by Key Changes. Key Changes provides music engagement and recovery services for young people and adults experiencing severe mental illnesses including psychosis, schizophrenia, bi polar and personality disorders. Their innovative approach draws on clinical therapeutic techniques and uses culturally relevant music activities and genres.

Twitter: @hiphopsych / Email: hiphopsych@gmail.com

Price: £15 per person. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: You must be at least 16 to attend this event.

Carers Privacy & Dignity Focus Group

SLaM (South London & Maudsley) are currently running a series of Focus Groups in order to highlight issues with Privacy & Dignity within both inpatient and outpatient care spheres.
To be treated with privacy and dignity can mean many things to different people. Examples of these include, attitudes and behaviours of staff, communication, the environment, privacy to protect peoples modesty, confidentiality, to have nutritional needs met and to be free from abuse.

  • It is often the case that carers know a huge amount about where there are holes in service provision and where problems are to be found, as well how to fix them and improve things!
  • If you are a carer then this focus group is for you or perhaps you know or have a great carer in which case please let them know.View the flyer for this event CLICK HERE:Carers Privacy Dignity Flyer 2012

Focus Group Details
When?: 13th March 2012
What time?: 2PM – 3:30PM
Where?: 111 Denmark Hill
Maudsley Hospital
Are refreshments provided?:YES!- For more information or, if you are unable to come to the group, but would like to give your views, please contact: Alice Glover
Tel: 020 3228 0959 email: alice.glover@slam.nhs.uk

Lambeth – Choice Workshops

Lambeth – Choice workshops

These workshops have been organised as part of the Lambeth Personal Health Budget
pilot. They are a great opportunity for service users in Lambeth accessing
mental health services to explore what’s involved in making choices
about their life and to share knowledge and experience of what
opportunities are out there.

View the flyer for these workshops CLICK HERE:Lambeth Personalisation Workshops


  • 3rd November 2011 – Faith & Culture
  • 24th November 2011 – Education
  • 15th December 2011 – Arts & Culture
  • 19th January 2012 – Holidays
  • 9th February 2012 – Connecting with your Neighbourhood
  • 23rd February 2012 – Leisure
    What time?: 1:30 – 3pm
    Where?: SHARP
    308-312 Brixton Road
    SW9 6AA
    Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=SW9+6AA&hl=en&ll=51.468379,-0.111194&spn=0.006844,0.021136&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=13.313739,43.286133&vpsrc=6&hnear=London+SW9+6AA,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16 All of these workshops are free for Lambeth based service users and carers and booking is not required – simply turn up on the day!
    However if you do have any enquiries then please feel free to call DASL: 0207 642 0041

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Fantastic classes – in depth analysis and information

Where?: London Metropolitan University,
166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB
Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=N7+8DB&hl=en&ll=51.5527,-0.109906&spn=0.006831,0.021136&t=m&z=16&vpsrc=6
What time?: 5:30 – 7pm
When & What?:
– 5th October 2011: Speaker SUMAN FERNANDO talks about Traditions of mental health and illness: What diversity means.
– 19th October 2011: Speaker SUMAN FERNANDO talks about Critical psychiatry and psychology: cultural psychiatry, anti-racist psychiatry
– 2nd November 2011: Speaker SUMAN FERNANDO talks about Mental health around the globe: Different approaches to developing mental
health in communities and individuals.
– 16th November 2011: Speaker PATRICK VERNON explores whether there is a crisis in Black Mental Health in the UK.
– 30th November 2011: Speaker SUMAN FERNANDO talks about movements to reform psychiatry in UK: How to make effective changes.
– 14th December 2011: Speakers PETER FERNS & PREMILA TRIVEDI discuss service development, training and service user participation.

View the flyer for this event which contains more details CLICK HERE:Master Classes – Mental Health – Race & Culture 2011 London Met

The over-representation of black people among those diagnosed as ‘schizophrenic’ and among people who are sectioned and given compulsory treatment with drugs is well known. This is happening in a context where mental health services in the UK, particularly the way psychiatry is practised, are not satisfying a lot of people, especially those identified as ‘black and minority ethnic’ (BME). In fact, many find the services oppressive, damaging to their personalities and often racist and insensitive to cultural difference. The issues have attracted much attention but little if any progress has been made in tackling them, although there is some understanding of how and why they have arisen and why these problems persist.


– Discuss the cultural diversity of what mental health and illness means
– Consider what is known about how ‘other cultures’ have constructed very different systems to help and support people with personal problems
– Look at what training is needed to improve the systems we have here and how people who use services can work together with providers; and
– Discuss how changes can be achieved.


– Service users
– Practitioners
– Students
– Teachers & lecturers
– Policy-makers

This is a FREE EVENT, but with a ceiling on places so contact Marcy O’Reilly: Email:marcy.oreilly@londonmet.ac.uk to get a
confirmation of your place on each date. If you ask for a place and then cannot attend, please notify us immediately so that we can offer it to someone else.