Addiction awareness through life art

A GROUP of psychology students from HELP University recently organised a mental health awareness campaign in conjunction with HELP World Mental Health Day 2013 at Viva Home shopping mall in Jalan Loke Yew, Kuala Lumpur.

The students did their best to reach out to the public about the issue of addiction in society.

The campaign’s mission was to advocate mental health awareness with education.

The students carried out their mission through live art exhibition, interactive games, NGO booths, flashmob performances, a mesmerising play and a combination of sing and dance performances on stage during the finale.

The idea of using live art exhibition coupled with stage performances was well received by guests.

The main message from the play, showed that courage, determination and love from others can help a person get out of addiction.

Pledging against awareness
Words to stop the habit: Members of the public were encouraged to write words of encouragement for addicts and ex-addicts.

The whole performance revolved around addiction: the heart-breaking struggles of addicts and the inspirational victory of breaking free from addiction. The show ends with the song Today My Life Begins, which sends out the message that one is ready to turn over a new leaf one the day he finally decides to quit his addiction.

The live art exhibition had six different display platforms whereby models portrayed different types of addiction with an information board.

The HELP World Mental Health Day 2013 campaign focused on drug, alcohol, gambling, smoking, work, and technology addiction.

The public was encouraged to write “Words of Hope” for addicts or former addicts to boost their morale.

There were several interactive booths to engage the crowd; the public was allowed to make their own Stress Ball, Text-and-Drive Simulation, The Quiet Place and Fatal Vision.

Four NGOs comprising Pengasih, Lifelife, Befrienders, Gambler’s Rehab Centre received RM3,000 from the fundraising event.

“I am proud to be given the opportunity to lead this group of dedicated members. It is good to see people coming out to support our cause. The crowd proved that people like the fresh and new concept. Despite having doubts in the beginning, we have achieved our mission to advocate mental health awareness through education,” said HELP WMHD 2013 chairman Johnson Tee Ming Hui, 22.

“We may not be able to change minds, but we can start from ourselves. We may not be able to change the world, but we can begin from home. We may not be able to change lives, but we can touch one at a time,” he added at the end.

“I was once an alcoholic and a drug addict. However, with the help and support from my family and the determination of my own, I got into the Pengasih rehab centre. Now, I am back in the society whilst still going for occasional treatments. Back then, there was no such events or campaigns of awareness on addiction, but now like HELP WMHD, I think people should be more aware and refrain from becoming addicted because it ruins you,” shared Mohd. Kamal, a Pengasih representative.

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