A POPULAR Glasgow rapper who died at the age of 21 will feature in a new documentary which is being made to raise awareness of the mental health and suicide crisis in young men.
Calum ‘Lumo’ Barnes was tragically discovered in the River Clyde last September and his death devastated the hip hop community in Glasgow where he gained fame through his band Deadsoundz Inc.
Now documentary maker Hannah Currie will show the impact of Calum’s death in a new film which is currently being made.
“Everyone still talks about him all the time. Everyone shares his music and photos of him. It is very much still fresh in the minds of everyone in the hip hop community.”
A Hip Hop event is being held on May 3 at The Classic Grand in a bid to raise funds to help complete production of the documentary.
The event is called We Are All Here which is inspired by a poem Calum wrote about mental health for See Me Scotland before he died.
Hannah, who lived in the city’s West End for 10 years before moving to London to complete her Masters degree, hopes to widely distribute the film in a bid to save others who are battling with suicidal thoughts.
She said: “The most important thing that Scotland needs right now is to address the mental health crisis. I have suffered from mental health issues myself and there needs to be system on how we will deal with the issue because what you have happen is a lot of people slip through the net.
“People feel they can’t be helped and they start to see suicide as an option.”
She added: “I have done a lot of research and in 2016 our suicide figures rose in Scotland for the first time in six years. It is just not good enough.
“We need to start seeing it as not a taboo thing because it is one of the most common killers of young people in the UK.
“We need to start seeing it as the real threat to our own friends and family. We need to do something about this because this could take somebody that we love. That is the worst nightmare.”
We Are All Here will feature some of Scotland’s most prominent rappers when it kicks of at 7pm.
There will be a rap battle between Loki and Oddacity as well as performances from other well-known names in the scene.
Tickets costing £5 are available from www.skiddle.com.