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Calls to suicide hotlines are up following Logic’s powerful performance at the 2017 Video Music Awards on Sunday, CNN reported.
According to the outlet, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reported a 50% increase in call volume after the awards show.
Lifeline director John Draper told CNN they’ve seen a 30% increase overall, revealing that the day Def Jam released Logic’s single “1-800-273-8255” they had “the second-highest call volume in the history of our service.”
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Draper called the Maryland-native’s impact “extraordinary,” praising him for glorifying the concept of seeking help.
“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,'” Draper explained.
“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.”
In a statement to the Daily News Draper appeared hopeful about the conversation surrounding suicide and suicide prevention moving forward.
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“Logic’s performance of ‘1-800-273-8255’ on the MTV VMAs (on Sunday) delivered a positive message that has had and will continue to have a lasting impact on people’s lives,” said Draper said.
“Sharing that healing and hope are possible helps individuals in crisis, as well as changes the conversation around suicide, from one of isolation to one of hope and connection.”
The 27-year-old rapper appeared on stage at the VMAs alongside suicide attempt survivors donning shirts emblazoned with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s phone number and the hopeful message, “you are not alone.”
“This past year, our audience was forced to say goodbye to musicians too soon because of suicide,” Garret English, 2017 VMAs executive producer, told CNN. “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.”
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He performed his hit single, “1-800-273-8255,” which tells the tale of a young man’s journey through life. Along the way he encounters bullying, struggles with his sexual identity and more, but keeps pushing.
Viewers are transported to the young man’s wedding, where he’s shown standing alongside his father. The story comes to a close with the birth of his own child, sending a message to viewers 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,” Draper said.
“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.”
MTV did not immediately respond to the Daily News’ request for comment.
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