Logic’s Hit Song Promotes Suicide Prevention Hotline
Thanks to popular song by Logic that debuted in April 2017, calls to the US Suicide Prevention Hotline have shot up by 50%. Logic performed the song, titled after the number for the American Suicide Prevention Hotline, at the MTV Video Music Awards in August alongside fellow artists Alessia Cara and Khalid.
The powerful performance touched the hearts of thousands
The rapper was joined by a group of volunteers, all wearing t-shirts with the American Suicide Prevention Hotline number. All of these individuals have lived with or worked with suicide. The song’s second verse, sung by Alessia Cara, is written from the point of view of the hotline worker.
It’s holding on though the road’s long / And seeing light in the darkest things / And when you stare at your reflection / Finally knowing who it is / I know that you’ll thank God you did
Following the song’s release and performance at the VMAs, calls to the Prevention Hotline in America spiked at the second-highest call volume in the organisation’s history. Representatives from the NSPL reported that for many callers, the song has made a huge difference.
Logic explained his motivations behind writing the song
In a series of tweets following the performance, Logic reflected on his reasoning for writing 1-800-273-8255. He noted the emotional power of music and how fans told him that his music has helped them through dark times.
Many of you have told me its even saved your life. I’m beyond humbled. But I felt I haven’t done enough. … I made this song for all of you who are in a dark place and can’t seem to find the light.
Logic sought permission from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to use the number as the title of his song, and the organisation was delighted to cooperate and spread awareness. “Sometimes just knowing this service is there can make people feel more hopeful,” said NSPL director John Draper.
The powerful music video visualises the song’s story
1-800‘s official music video follows the life of a young man as he struggles with his sexuality and the resulting alienation from his family and friends. The video is a powerful representation of the isolation that sufferers of depression endure. Most importantly, the video emphasises the life that the young man lives after his recovery, marrying his high school sweetheart and adopting a child together. The final verse, sung by rapper Khalid, is spoken from the perspective of the caller with a more positive perspective.
I don’t wanna cry anymore / I wanna feel alive / I don’t even wanna die anymore / Oh I don’t wanna / I don’t wanna / I don’t even wanna die anymore
Logic’s song has made an enormous impact on the lives of people experiencing suicidal thoughts, and even for their loved ones and colleagues. “It’s not just about the calls,” said Logic, “it’s about increasing awareness about suicide, and suicide prevention in particular.”
Watch the official music video for 1-800-273-8255 below:
Hotlines in Australia
The suicide prevention hotline promoted in Logic’s video is based in America and only available to callers from America. If you or a loved one is experiencing thoughts of suicide, the following hotlines are available in Australia:
Lifeline: 131 114
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
SuicideLine (Victoria): 1300 651 251
Mental Health Triage Service (ACT): 1800 629 354
Mental Health Help Line (NSW): 1800 011 511
Crisis & Assessment Telephone Triage (NT): 1800 682 288
Health Advice (Queensland): 13 43 25 84
Assessment & Crisis Intervention Service (SA): 131 465
Mental Health Services Helpline (Tasmania): 1800 332 388
Crisis Care Helpline (WA): 1800 199 008