Dream on, Bullsbrook students told in mental health awareness event

Hip hop is being used to reach out to young people.
Hip hop is being used to reach out to young people.

BULLSBROOK College hosted a hip hop gig to raise awareness about mental health last week.

Performing arts teacher, Amanda McLaughlin, organised for singer-songwriter Ezereve to perform her song OK.

The song carries the message that it is OK to talk about mental health.

Meanwhile, hip hop artist Marksman Lloyd encouraged the students to never give up on their dreams.

His new single Olympus was recently played on Triple J radio station and he was nominated for WAM’s best hip hop artist last year.

“I believe that prevention is always better than a cure,” Ezereve said.

“If we teach the children of today that it is OK to talk about mental health, we can transform our culture and make it normal to talk about it and seek help.

“I believe that this can prevent the tragedy of suicide in future generations but we must teach it in an engaging, relevant and influential way – that is why we’re using hip hop.”

According to Headspace, suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged 15-24 years old.