BY PRIDE MZARABANI
Nhaka Gallery, Young People Mental Health Trust (YO-PETALTH) and Women’s Gallery will host a mental health and drug abuse free generation art exhibition and expo on the 27th of October 2023 at Harare sports club.
In a statement the organisers of the event said the purpose of the event is to educate and raise awareness amongst the Zimbabwean communities on the dangers of drug abuse.
“The sole purpose of this initiative is to educate and raise awareness to the people of Zimbabwe about the dangers of using drugs and how it affects one’s mental health negatively and the importance of mental health.
“This project will serve as an educational platform to provide information about the harmful effects of drug use on individuals, families and communities. It can also provide resources and support for those who may be struggling with addiction or mental health issues.”
“The ultimate goal is to help our youths by providing education and resources thereby helping them to make informed decisions about their health and well-being and. This project is `working to engage with relevant stakeholders working in issues around drug abuse targeting at least 2000 youths and adults that are prone to drug abuse to promote diversity. We have 45 Cooperates and 35 non-profits organizations that have confirmed attendance. We aim to target 3000 people,” reads the statement.
Why the co-operate world and individuals should join the EXPO
The expo will be held on 27th October 2023 and will mainly consist of popular local artists and musicians that will to share a stage making a performance in form of music since music is a powerful tool for promoting positive messages and inspiring change. This will also encourage the audience to stay and participate in the event. Music has the power to bring people together from different background and interests and can help build a sense of community around the issue of drug use and mental health therefore it attracts a diverse audience. Another reason why musicians should take part is because music creates memorable experience that are likely to be remembered even after the event has ended. This can help to reinforce the message of the event and encourage attendees to take action to promote their own mental health and well-being.
The Expo will be free of charge as we are targeting more than 2000 youth from all corners of Zimbabwe to attend especially rural areas.
Music and Entertainment from various local artists
- Nyasha David
- Kessia Mangosha
- Chengeto Brown
Resource Booths to help set up to provide attendees with information on addiction treatment centers, counselling centers and support groups.Games and Challenges to promote healthy behavior