How the ‘How Bizarre’ singer’s son is coping with depression


Salvador Fumana. Photo / Provided

Originally posted by Maori television

Musician Salvador Fuemana, son of the late How Bizarre international number one Pauly Fuemana, inherited his father’s looks and passion for music.

Pauly was the leader of the musical group OMC (which stands for Otara Millionaires Club) and died of a chronic illness in 2010 when Salvador was 8 years old. The Otara-raised musician had struggled with depression, a condition that 19-year-old Salvador also struggles with.

“From what I know and what my mom tells me, my family has a history of mental health, especially my dad. A lot of the issues he had were indirectly and directly because of that,” Fuemana says.

“Growing up with the passing of my father and the passing of my mother’s parents in such a short time, when you’re so young, will have such a big effect on you and how you look at things. The things we have through, you keep going deeper and deeper into that hole.”

Fuemana says it’s important for young people to talk about their problems and find positive ways to cope with difficult times. Playing the guitar and training as a chef are the activities that make Fuemana happy.

“When you can’t deal with all these emotions going through you, all these negative emotions, I’m not a mental health counselor, but what has worked for me is finding something to distract me for a minute. .

“I’m always positive with everything that’s going on. All you can do is look forward.”

Salvador followed his father’s passion and pursues music. His journey features in the TVNZ series O’Town Dreaming, which airs today.

“O’Town Dreaming is about aspiring musicians in Ōtara because, as many know, Ōtara is so talented. A lot of people come from here, a lot of musicians, especially rappers. The TV show emphasizes over it.”

Where to get help:

• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• Suicide crisis hotline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• Youthline: 0800 376 633 or SMS 234 (available 24/7)
• Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• What’s New: 0800 942 8787 (12:00-23:00)
• Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 or SMS 4202 (available 24/7)
• Anxiety Helpline: 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY) (available 24/7)
• Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155

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