Lilongwe- based DJ Subwoofer real name Prince Tyson Chirambo has said the country needs to take mental health issues seriously.
He said many young people were committing suicide because of mental health issues and that there was need for awareness.
The DJ said he went through depression in 2010 after his parents got divorced.
“Being the first born with a lot of responsibilities and misfortunes, I went through depression and I nearly lost it. But I thank God that there were people who were by my side,” he said.
DJ Subwoofer said the other biggest mistake that he made during the time was to listen to so many heartbreak songs that did not instill any hope in him.
The artist said this as the country joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Youth Day on Friday at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
During the event, several young people showed their talents in different disciplines such as poetry and music.
“Youth have to be given platforms to speak out on these issues, mental health has taken its place and as a country, we are not doing enough to solve this problem. This is why we have many suicide cases now,” he said.
He said having gone through depression; he has opened up to show others that they can overcome the situation.
“As a DJ, I want to play a lead role in being a voice for young people on mental health. I also want to call upon fellow artists out there to use their space to talk about mental health,” he said.