Rapper Octopizzo wants to go back to church only if the pastors stop judging him by what he wears. Octopizzo said this during the Headspace254 event at the Kenya Cultural Centre.
I do not go to church because I always feel judged but I want to go back and start praying to God, not as a person packaged by pastors
Octopizzo spoke deeply on the issue saying that most people from the informal settlements use music and art as a form of therapy.
From January, Octopizzo says he made it his journey to talk and deal with mental health.
I have thought about mental health in two critical times, the first time was when I lost my mother at 14 years. I have had to deal with it since then. The other time was when a boy jumped off a house and died
Octopizzo says he saw that he needed to take all the things young people are going through seriously. “If the boy could be here today, he would have been taught a better way to deal with issues,” he said.
Adding that; “All artists, people, in general, get stressed and people have different ways of dealing with stress.”
Octopizzo went on to say that in the informal settlements they were taught that mental health is a rich people disease but he has come to realize that people are committing suicide from all walks of life.
The more we talk openly about suicide, the better equipped we will be to help people who are struggling with suicidal ideation and those directly affected by the loss of a loved one.