Back in December, news broke that Logic’s hit song, “1-800-273-8255,” played a “pivotal role” in “a reduction of 245 suicides below the expected number” during three periods: “the first 34 days after the song’s release, Logic’s performance at the 2017 MTV [Video Music Awards] and an additional widely promoted performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards.” According to CNN, after Logic’s performance of the song at the VMAs, “calls to that number, which belongs to the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, soared by 50%.” This is incredible news as it showcases the important role that “‘Celebrities but also noncelebrities can have … in suicide prevention if they communicate about how they have coped with crisis situations and suicidal ideation,’ said study author Thomas Niederkrotenthaler.”
Of course, given the myriad studies of the “Werther effect,” this is not the first time celebrity status has been studied in relation to suicide. However, as Catherine Pearson said for HuffPost, “Logic’s song offers a powerful example of how artists and celebrities can center messages of hope while alerting fans to practical resources, which can ultimately assist in their recovery.” When that message is coming from a genuine place, it is going to resonate more. Logic himself has said “I think honesty is everything, and I think people in general can kind of smell a phony, right?”
For all that has been said about Logic and about certain aspects of the production of “1-800-273-8255,” this association discovered by the study is proof that the song did make a positive difference in the world. Logic is, and should be, proud of the work he has done. Remember: anybody can make a difference, even if it’s just to one person. Listen to the song below. Let it serve as a reminder that you are not alone.
If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.