Now, reports from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline says that Logic performance at the 2017 Video Music Awards on Sunday increased calls enormously. Read on…
Now a new report has been released by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline which states that there has been a 50% increase in call volume to suicide hotlines after Logic performed at the VMAs.
When Logic’s song first came out via Def Jam a 30% increase overall that day, which was “the second-highest call volume in the history of our service.”
Now, the Maryland rappers song has increased calls again. This is NOT a good thing, and now Lifeline director John Draper told CNN.
“We can certainly attribute and have seen call increases relative to tragic events and alarming portrayals of suicide in the media – anywhere from Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington’s suicides, and ’13 Reasons Why.’ But here’s what’s really important: Logic is generating calls with a song about getting help and finding hope. It’s not focusing on tragedy or suicide. In fact, he’s starting conversations about suicide prevention, as opposed to suicide.”
The 27-year-old rapper performed on stage at the VMAs alongside suicide attempt survivors who all wore shirts “you are not alone.”
Garret English, the executive producer of the 2017 VMA had this to say about Logic’s powerful performance:
“This past year, our audience was forced to say goodbye to musicians too soon because of suicide. We want to do more than remember these artists. We want to remind people that suicide is preventable and that there are ways to get help and feel better if you’re struggling emotionally.”
In the end of the song and video, Logic conveys a message that there’s always something to live for.
“In many ways, Logic’s video and son completely embody this message that everybody can take action to prevent suicide.”
“A lot of people think that it requires a professional or even a hotline. But the fact is that those are extremely helpful – and I would always counsel somebody to consider those options – what we also know is that most suicides are prevented by people being caring with one another.”