Youth Mental Health Edutainment
Namaste. My name is Jasmin Rhia and I’m a Spiritual Rap DJ Violinist and teacher with a passion for mental health awareness. In 2015 I had a near death experience right after contemplating suicide in a Barnes and Noble parking lot outside of San Francisco. These last few years of my journey have consisted of me healing, figuring out who I am, and how I can best contribute to the well being of my community. Fortunately, being blessed with a baby niece to look after has guided me to understand my true purpose in life. I am on a mission to prevent suicide and self-harm amongst the youth through music.
Last year I took a special trip to Hawaii to visit my wonderful friend Prince. On a beautiful land full of light and love I was introduced to a new way of life, free of materialism and full of gratitude. Musicians traveled everywhere with their instruments and provided the community with soulful tunes. Positive vibes were abundant and what I found most intriguing was how the community raised their children. At school students were encouraged to think for themselves, meditate, practice yoga, and look after their garden. Reception and Wifi was difficult to come by and with no electronic devices being used, kids were entertained by their imagination and the beautiful outdoors. They weren’t stressed out trying to measure up to unrealistic expectations of who to be and what to like. Their spirits were protected and as a result they were free.
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." — Frederick Douglass
Back in February I presented my first workshop at North Beach Elementary during their annual Arts and Culture day. “Know Your Worth ” was the lesson I presented to discuss the importance of self-worth to 5th graders. When we moved on to the discussion portion of the lesson, I was impressed by how eager the kids were to express their feelings. One of the questions I asked them is how they coped with sadness. It was interesting that the majority of their answers involved turning to some form of entertainment such as music, gaming, and Youtube videos.
After the lesson I had a talk with one of the kids who had openly expressed that he in fact was suffering from a low self-esteem. When I asked him what contributed to him feeling bad about himself he answered, “cyber bullying”. He said that when he plays video games afterschool, some of the boys make nasty comments to him like “everybody hates you” and “go die”. He also said that as a result of being treated this way, he is often angry and losses his temper.
After processing what the kids had shared about their struggles it was clear that they needed more than just a one-time self-worth exercise. With the majority of entertainment promoting violence, depression, sex, materialism, and addiction, the well-being of this generation is at risk if their remains a lack of positive guidance and enrichment in the content they consume. Every child deserves to be protected and nourished in an environment centered around peace, love, unity, and respect. With that being said, this campaign is to fund the production of a collaborative album and musical video series that will promote the importance of mental health amongst the youth.
1. Improve the mental health of our community by using the power of music. A collaborative album of 10-14 songs will be written, produced , and recorded with fellow Artists of Morality in Hawaii . This album will be available for streaming and free download.
2. Educate the youth on ways to improve their mental health by filming the short musical series “Know Your Worth”. From the content of each video children will learn the importance of faith, how to love and accept themselves, keep their spirits high, and express their emotions. They will be encouraged to be kind to others, seek a positive support system, and to think for themselves. They will also learn the importance of meditation, nutrition, physical activity, and spending time in nature. All videos will be filmed outdoors on the Big Island with fellow Artists of Morality as the cast.
1. Production and Engineering of Album: $25,000
2. Music & Video Equipment: $20,000
3. Video Post Production: $5,000
3. Travel Expenses for production team of 6 (flights, housing, and car rental): $35,000
4. Distribution of Album and Short Series : $5,000
5. Merchandise Budget: $5,000
6. Publicist Budget $5,000
By donating to this campaign you are playing a huge role in raising mental health awareness in our communities. God loves us all and by sharing this message we can bring peace upon those who are suffering. Thank you kindly for your support in helping prevent suicide and self-harm amongst our youth. Please share this campaign amongst your friends, family, and colleagues. You can listen to my latest song Energy here and enjoy the podcast Artists of Morality every Wednesday! If you would prefer donating by Check or Money Order, please make out to Jasmin Rhia and send to 7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd. Suite 50-618 Orlando, FL 32819. Feel free to reach out to me anytime!