Freestyle performance poet Dali Luthuli hopes his work on stage and in the classroom will lead to a more open approach to tackling mental wellness in young people. Luthuli is with an organisation called Jiyuu, which helps high school students express themselves through poetry to deal with depression. “We work on trying to get them to express themselves while using poetic tools to help draw pictures of what they are going through,” he says. “We also use the poetry sessions or workshops as support groups to discuss different coping mechanisms to tackle depression, peer pressure and bullying.” Luthuli wrote and self-published an anthology of semi-autobiographical poems called Bubbles, which includes the numbers for suicide and anxiety hotlines if readers need professional help. His biggest mistake, he says, was not seeking mental wellness help sooner, and he wants to prevent others from making the same error.
When I live my purpose of co-creating a more equal world, I know that only my absolute utter best will do.