A RENFREWSHIRE musician has joined forces with his sister to deliver a powerful message about the heartache caused by suicide.

Matt Eroteme, an indie rock singer from Brookfield, enlisted the help of sibling Colette Cowan for his latest single, Lean On You.

The emotional track shines a spotlight on the grief of a family touched by suicide and their devastating journey as they try to cope with the untimely loss of a loved one.

Matt told The Gazette: “Lean On You tells the story of suicide from two perspectives within the same family.

“Suicide is something that is very close to home and, sadly, is something many people have been affected by.

“Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and a stark reminder that we need to do more to help people who are struggling with their mental health.

“Collaborating with my own family has meant so much.”

Matt released his first single, Five Hours Behind, earlier this year.

It focused on a father-son relationship that is strained by long distance.

Lean On You tells the story of a young man burdened by his mental health demons, struggling to cope and tragically wrestling with suicidal thoughts.

The Gazette: Colette Cowan was happy to answer Matt’s call for supportColette Cowan was happy to answer Matt’s call for support

Colette said: “When my brother asked me to take part and contribute to his next single to raise awareness of mental health, I couldn’t say no.

“Being able to work with your own family is something very special.

“Singing is a passion of mine, so to be part of something that means so much to my brother and see his face light up as his vision comes to life means even more.

“Mental health is something that I think everybody in the last year has become more aware of.

“For Matt, this is his way of dealing with his mental health battles and is a form of therapy. It is so important to channel all that energy into something positive like this.”

Lean On You can be downloaded from streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music, and is also available from Amazon Music and iTunes.

All proceeds from sales and listens will go directly to mental health charities, including Samaritans.

For more details, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matt-eroteme.

Matt also runs an online mental health platform at www.thrivethru.co.uk.