September 10 is internationally known as World Suicide Prevention Day. In celebration of this, thousands of Filipino students gathered for a concert. The aim was not just to have fun, but to also drive positive social change.
The Listen Campus Tour kicked off last August 30, 2019 at the Far Eastern University. It was part of the Tatak Tamaraw 2019, an annual event welcoming freshmen to the FEU community. The event focused on discussions regarding mental health issues in the country. It aims to create awareness through music and dialogue.
The tour for a cause
The tour aims to bring together students, faculty, and artists in a creative exchange to discuss mental health issues through music and workshops.
This was made possible with partner organizations such as the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA).
In the event, DOH discussed the country’s Mental Health Law and how it would provide accessible and affordable mental health services, especially for the youth.
For their part, the PMHA presented a short video that tackled their current programs and services.
Using the power of music to heal
The event gives the audience, primarily composed of young people, opportunities to discuss mental health concerns. The youth were empowered to get insights from their peers as well as from the organizational partners.
To top it all off, students were also able to enjoy good music from artists such as Callalily, Nathan & Mercury, Fern, Sydharta, and a lot more.
Plans for the next leg of the tour include a workshop with artists who will mentor university students on how to use music to heal and express themselves.
In addition to the workshops and concerts, the tour also offers Listen Campus Online. It is a 5 – 10 minute crash course which aims to teach participants the value of music for social concerns, especially when reaching out to the general public.