The Reader Organisation’s Showcase Events, Tuesday 26th November 2013

Shared Reading with Older People 10.30am-12.30pm
Shared Reading with Young People 2.30pm-4.30pm
Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9NH

The Reader Organisation, the award-winning charity and social enterprise that has pioneered the movement of shared reading, has been awarded funding by The Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Maudsley Charity to improve health and wellbeing for people of all ages and backgrounds across Southwark and Lambeth.

 “I’ve got something to look forward to now, for the first time in years.”
Shared reading group member, Jewish Care, London

Join us at our showcase events for Older People or Young People to find out more about how you could bring the benefits of shared reading to those you work with in Southwark and Lambeth.

“I wish I could do this every day!”
J, 11

Click here for more information.

To register for either free event, please contact: / 0151 207 7228.

Please pass this invitation on to your colleagues or contacts who may be interested in attending.

We hope you can join us in launching what looks set to become a very successful project.


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:

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.

Recovery buddies for young people with an eating disorder

Young people in London with an eating disorder can now benefit from an online buddy recovery service. Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, has launched the service in 14 London boroughs – including Southwark and Lambeth – for young people aged 16 to 25, with the aim of helping 500 people annually over the next three years.

#RT via Bridget

Are you a 16-25 year old affected by OCD?

Watershed Television is making a two-part documentary for a leading broadcaster about British young people whose lives are affected by OCD.

For the young people who take part, the documentary is an opportunity to participate in a unique therapy programme specifically for young people with OCD, a chance to spend time with other young British people affected by OCD, and an opportunity to be part of a television documentary that aims to raise awareness and understanding of OCD.

I am hoping to make contact with young people aged between 16 – 25 whose lives are affected by OCD and who would like to talk further about the project. To find out more please call Merle Currie on 0203 301 8416 or email me at Whatever form of OCD you may have or think you may have, I would love to hear from you.

All conversations will be in the strictest confidence and at this stage there is absolutely no obligation to take part in the programme- I would just be very grateful to hear about your experiences and explain more about the project in the first instance. Please note if you are under 18 I will need to speak to your parents first before speaking to you directly.