Rapper Licy Be is using her art to help raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health issues among young people.
The Shelley-based artist, whose real name is Alicia Beckingsale, recently returned from touring her first album called Beautifully Broken in America, New Zealand and Sydney.
Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Licy moved to WA five years ago and started rapping in 2014, motivated after the suicide of someone she knew.
“It is one of the main reasons I do my music now, to reach out to young people,” she said.
“I feel like I have a message of hope.”
As a teenager, she overcame her own problems with depression.
“I developed a faith when I was 17. I had been kicked out of high school and tried to take my life; things weren’t looking good,” she said.
“Someone invited me to a youth group and getting connected to that community gave me hope and the tools to get over the depression.”
Licy said she wanted to work full-time as a musician.
But until then, she continues to raise awareness about mental health in her day job as a training education co-|ordinator at Consumers of Mental Health WA in Cannington.
Licy performed at the Sydney Opera House in 2016 as a national finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam and went on to support R&B artist Sammy Johnson’s sold-out Perth show.
In April, two singles off her latest album made it into the top 10 Australian iTunes charts, where they stayed for a month.