Beautiful Scars 2021- Art and Trauma
Ignite Lifeline and Ignite Creativity teamed up to host Beautiful Scars 2021 on the 9th of October, an event where both teams wanted to teach people the healthy ways of coping with pain.
It was brought about by the current surge in suicides, depression and drug abuse by the young demographic.We wanted to let everyone know that pain is necessary for growth, pain shapes who we become and we have to embrace it and use healthy ways to deal with it.
We noted that medication and therapy can be helpful for some but many young people who are struggling to express themselves end up bottling their emotions and turn to unhealthy habits as a means of easing their pain. Music, poetry, jewelry making, drawing and other constructive habits proffer hope. They are something to hold on to and healthy methods of release. Thus our focus was on letting People know that its okay to be scarred, we are all scarred but its pain that breeds resilience ,its pain that molds you into a stronger version of oneself. We also wanted to show people how we use art and other healthy habits to move on from the pain and grow stronger.
To meet these objectives we had perfomances from Tobian The Speaker, ECTS ,Kudzi kays, Zoe Lerae, Lennox the Unspoken, Shaznay, Wired To Love, Kudzie Kayz, Ijahman, Takudzwa Masingaidze,Troy, Soul Doctor(MHSRIP), Munashe and Ruvimbo. These creatives came from all walks of life and after each performed our master of ceremony Max would then take a sit with them and ask them what inspired them to do what they do and how they coped with pain. We all got hooked by their talent and their own personal experiences were relatable with many of us. Our MC would also freestyle and make the audience sing along and even get them to sing a line or two, showing them how to just express themselves. The event was a success, we built healthy connections, shared on our fears and our strengths, helped each other on how to cope with our scars ,we laughed and ate but above all we healed and left with our heads raised high because we knew we can conquer every battle that comes our way.
The importance of Mental health
We would like to thank Wired 2 Love and thrive for coming through, donating refreshments and hosting some informative exercises that taught on the importance of mental health and taking care of our healthy state of mind. They split the audience into groups and had them undertake exercises that helped them adopt and realise healthy ways of dealing with stress.
Special thanks goes to Helen for her zeal and energy throughout the planning process, Ashley Maponga for the calmness that we so needed when the planning got hard and we all wanted to cry our thanks also goes to everyone who attended and helped in the healing process but this event would not have happened if we didn’t have the unwavering support and love of our founde Tadzie Madzima, who is always pushing us to greater heights and work towards pursuing our purpose.
Compiled by Rutendo Rusere.