Logic’s song ‘1-800-273-8255’ helped reduce suicide rates, study says

Logical suicide song Image credit: MTV VMAs / CC by 3.0

Logic has created a song about feeling suicidal. He named it after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). Research shows he may have helped save hundreds of lives through awareness.

In a 2017 interview with Genius, Logic said that he never set out to make music to save lives. Speaking to fans during his 2017 album tour, he realized many of it had to do with what he was rapping. “They said things like, ‘your music saved my life.’ And I always say, “Oh, thank you very much.”

“They are really serious. They clapped their hands and listened to the lyrics as if it saved their lives and in my mind, ‘God, I’m not even trying to save anyone’s life.’ And then it hit me, the power that I have as a vocal artist. I didn’t even try to save your life. Now what if I really did? “

A new study suggests that Logic’s suicide song ‘1-800-273-8255’ may have helped save lives – as intended.

While attention is high, NSPL has received more and more calls to the suicide hotline. The study also recorded an estimated decrease in suicides – 245 fewer than the previous year.

Raising awareness about suicide prevention helps people experiencing those feelings seek help, rather than take action. The media attention on suicide is often accompanied by the negative effect of inspiring others to follow in the suicide footsteps of celebrities.

The study concluded that Logic of The suicide hotline awareness song has been “the broadest and most enduring suicide prevention message directly connected to a story of hope and recovery”, lead author Thomas Niederkrotenthaler write. The song progresses through the feeling of a suicide hotline call, leaving everyone with encouraging messages of hope.

“The way I walk feels lonely /
but I’m still alive until my legs come out /
and I see my tears melt in the snow /
but I don’t want to cry/
I don’t want to cry anymore /
I want to feel alive/
I don’t even want to die anymore. “

The song’s music video is about a high school teenager’s struggles with his sexuality. He was bullied to the point of suicide but stopped after calling the suicide hotline to talk to someone.

The study authors measured Twitter activity for the song and measured spikes around three different events. The first release of the song, 2017 and 2018 MTV VMAs Grammy Awards. In those three events, NSPL saw a 6.9% increase in calls, while suicides fell 5.5%.

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/12/14/logic-suicide-song-study-1-800-273-8255/ Logic’s song ‘1-800-273-8255’ helped reduce suicide rates, study says

Caroline Bleakley

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