By: Kaitlyn Mellom, Program Coordinator
In case you missed it, the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards aired earlier this month. Amidst the glamorous dresses and anticipation over who would win what award was an awe-inspiring performance by the rapper Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid of Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255”. Named in reference to the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, this song acknowledges what so many are afraid to: suicide is a serious problem and one that needs to be talked about.
As the song unfolds, Logic switches narrative from someone who is struggling with suicidal ideation to someone who has been through the struggle and wants to help those who are feeling like they are alone.
While most VMA performances have the crowd on their feet dancing to the rhythm, “1-800-273-8255” had those in attendance in tears as numerous suicide survivors took the stage wearing shirts that simply stated, “You are not alone” and had the phone number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline on the front.
At the end of the performance, Logic spoke of the song and others on his album, explaining, “I just wanna take a moment and thank you all so much for giving me a platform to talk about something that mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about. Mental health, anxiety, suicide, depression and so much more...”. Acknowledging that these things are not talked about in an appropriate manner is a crucial step in creating a world where individuals do not feel ashamed and stigmatized for not falling under the “norm”, without which, they may be more open to seeking help.
In interviews, Logic has reflected on the power music has to change a life and the impact he hopes his lyrics have on those who hear his message. It is with the help of those who have the power to influence that we will be able to change the manner in which mental health is approached.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month, get involved by sharing this song, supporting those who may be struggling, acknowledging the warning signs, and being open to talking about it. To learn more, visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
To watch the full performance, click here