Room to Rant

A space for young men to rap and get stuff off their chest

Challenge

Around three-quarters of suicides in the UK are males, but only 36% of referrals for treatment of depression and anxiety are men.

In the 2021 Youth Index, 56% of 16-25-year-olds reported that they always or often feel anxious.

Solution

Room to Rant is a safe space for young men to get things off their chest.

With a focus on rap and spoken word, the free workshops are available across Sussex and online. They are led by experienced music leaders who show how music can be a therapeutic release, and they welcome all that identify as men, non-binary and gender variant individuals.

All sessions are attended by a mental health professional who can provide any additional support needed – such as referring young people for counselling and psychotherapy. 

Impact

Quote

  • “It helped me manage my emotions better in the group because I could talk about things and people understand. No one judged me.”

    Room to Rant attendee
  • “As a practitioner working primarily with young men, I am aware that ‘talking therapies’ are not always the most appropriate means to address trauma. I am convinced that making music enables Young People to safely discharge pent up anxiety.”

    Paul Jacob
    Substance Use Worker
  • “When I was at my worst, Room to Rant helped me pick myself up.”

    Room to Rant attendee
  • “I was just writing on my own till when I found Room to Rant, I was like… FINALLY!”

    Room to Rant attendee

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