Why Logic’s VMA performance of 1-800-273-8255 is so important

Sunday marks World Suicide Prevention Day and if you haven’t heard Logic’s new song, 1-800-273-8255, stop reading this right now and listen to it.

The song, named after the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number, is about a person who wants to end their life calling the hotline and the conversation that ensues as a result. It’s a catchy anthem that gets stuck in your head, but more importantly, it connects real people to the resources they need and helps them feel they are not alone.

According to Variety, since the song dropped in April, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline has seen a 33 percent increase in calls compared to 2016.

For me, the fact that a hip hop artist decided to tackle this taboo topic, and did so beautifully, is exciting. Even more exciting is the fact that the VMA’s, which was watched by over 6 million people, recognized the importance of the song and allowed Logic to perform it alongside people who had been affected by suicide.

The result? A 50 percent spike in calls to the suicide hotline after the performance.

If that doesn’t show the impact music can have on an individual, I don’t know what will.

Photo: in.gov/issp/ 

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