H.Y.P.E Hip Hop Therapy Program Uses T.I. To Counter Depression Among Black Youth

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Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”

~Tupac Shakur

 

Daily stress, particularly related to racial discrimination, can increase risk for depressive symptoms (e.g., feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest, anger) among African Americans transitioning into adulthood (ages 19-25), according to a 2012 Washington University in St. Louis study. To address this health concern, Atlanta area youth participated in the online Hip Hop Therapy curriculum H.Y.P.E.: Healing Young People thru Empowerment, through a partnership with BlackDoctor.org. H.Y.P.E. is a globally recognized curriculum that integrates psychology and rap music into groups that explore topics including peer pressure, anger management and family issues.