An Isle of Wight musician is hoping to send a message to people through music – that help is always at hand, even through the toughest times.

Levi Collins has released a track called ‘Help Me’ using vocals from his late friend Alan Jones – who he met while doing voluntary work at Aspire in Ryde.

Alan tragically died in July 2018.

Levi, 28, has written and released tracks over the last few years – and says his latest song is aimed at sending a positive message to people who may be struggling with mental health issues.

Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio, Levi said:

“For the song to be called Help Me and be based on mental health – and having Alan there supporting me through those difficult times – means so much to me. We have done this and achieved this together.

“I wasn’t even bothered about too many syllables or too much music skill, I just wanted to sort of pour my heart out but in the right way. It’s definitely been the hardest thing I have ever done musically and lyrically.

“It’s about bringing the best out of people. If it inspires people to do better then that’s great. Music can be an outlet and I want it to remind and show people that there’s is hope and the bad times will pass.”

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Levi, who lives in Ryde, has performed on stage at a number of events – often for charity –  including at this year’s Great Wonderfest.

He continued:

“I have always connected with all genres of music. With me seeing light at the end of the tunnel and coming out of this dark place, I think it gives me a reassurance that I can help people.

“It also shows people who have helped me and continue to help me that it is a positive, through music.”

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Anyone struggling with mental health issues can contact the Samaritans on 116 123.