In an event held at San Anton Palace today, the President bestowed the title onto the singer with the belief that Christabelle will be able to shed more light on this often unseen problem.
Christabelle won the MESC with her song Taboo, which deals with the ‘taboo’ of speaking about mental health.
Her song, filled with metaphors related to mental illnesses, features lyrics like “And I know, and I know, and I know that you see my life in foreign eyes,” and “Sticks and stones will break my soul/Gotta be your own miracle.”
Christabelle said that she hopes that her music will be used by anyone suffering from a mental illness not to lose hope, and to push them towarsds seeking help because their voice will be heard.
She had said that her message was one of hope for anyone who is going through a difficult time, and that she was proud to be an ambassador of such a positive message.
In her new official role as Special Ambassador for Mental Health, Christabelle will be able to take a more hands-on approach, inspiring others not just with her music, but with her work.
The President said that the song’s message should be of great help in eradicating the stigma in our country when talking about mental health issues.
“I am sure that with your talent, and with the powerful message which “Taboo” has, you and your team shall give the best visibility to Malta,” the President concluded.
Christabelle was accompanied by CEO of Public Broadcasting Services Mr Charles Dalli, Assistant Head of Delegation, Ms Doreen Cortis and Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, who co-wrote the song with Christabelle.