Daily Mail reports: We wanted to explore Stan’s mental health and how his early childhood neglect and psychological trauma may have contributed to chemical changes in his brain that make him less able to cope with stress and develop trusting relationships.


Violent acts aren’t carried out by the majority of people with mental health problems, and they’re aware of the vulnerability and stigma faced by people with mental health problems, but we wanted to unravel this particular complex character’s mind.


We used a bio-psycho-social model to analyse Stan’s mental state, his actions, and early adverse life experiences.  We think Stan might have suffered with emotionally unstable personality disorder of the borderline type as evidenced by self-harm, overdose, fear of abandonment, chronic emptiness, self-image and sexual identity issues and impulsivity. Understanding Stan’s decline through the story is part of our project, HIP HOP PSYCH, which uses Hip Hop to open up youth-focused dialogues in mental health.


In verse one, Stan comes across as a devoted Slim Shady fan and identifies with his hero by finding commonalities between Stan’s friend’s suicide and the suicide of Slim Shady’s uncle. In verse two, we get deeper insights into Stan’s mental state. Stan writes that he isn’t mad at Slim Shady for not responding, but from the sound, tone, and emphasis of his speech, the listener can sense Stan’s anger and his feelings of betrayal. Stan comments on witnessing his parents’ domestic abuse and never knowing his father – again, he attempts to identify with Slim Shady.


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