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Hip-Hop and its Profound Effects on Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Mental HealthNot many would think that people like Eminem or Dr. Dre could actually be out there saving lives, but the truth is, this might indeed be the case. Take hip-hop star Logic, whose song "1-800-273-8255" titled after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline brought several men and women to tears at MTV's most recent VMA awards show.

These individuals had all struggled with suicidal thoughts and severe mental-illness. Songs like this gem from Logic saved their lives, in every sense. And it's not just him.

Hip-Hop Therapy is Real, and it Works

Young people and adults from all walks of life have benefited from hip-hop and music related therapy for their mental health. People like Bay Area entrepreneur, business-man and mental health advocate, Tomás Alvarez III, is proving just that with his Hip Hop Therapy Global Institute. Through his revolutionary program young, aspiring rappers share their feelings and writings -- serving as a means of catharsis for the young artists. It's an effective program that allows for a community to bond and share their experiences in between professional mental and emotional health treatment.

Music Therapy and it's Scientific Effects

Though the idea of treating pain and anguish with sound is a relatively new theory, as Dr. Daniel J. Levitin states: "We've found compelling evidence that musical interventions can play a health-care role in settings ranging from operating rooms to family clinics," says Levitin, author of the book "This is Your Brain on Music" (Plume/Penguin, 2007). Hip-Hop is the soul of many kids and adults, and for some, helps to keep them going.

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