Youth Talent Show for Mental Health Awareness

Updated: May. 7, 2023 at 5:40 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A youth talent show was held Saturday to spread awareness for the mental health of our youth.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is an issue close to the heart of event promoter, Zachary Ball, following his father’s suicide and personal struggles with depression.

Ball held the event to help the youth know it is OK not to be OK.

There were 13 contestants who performed various talents in front of a large crowd.

Ball said he wanted the youth to see that the community stands behind them.

“Some of them are performing all, you know, dancing and singing. They’re doing it all for a good cause. This is Mental Health Awareness Month, so I just wanted to give back to the community by giving the youth the platform because they go through mental issues as well,” said Ball.

The event also had various vendors and a concession stand.

The prizes for the talent show were $75 for third place, $125 for second place, and $300 for first.