Rapper Logic's track '1-800-273-8255' sparks spike in calls to suicide prevention helpline

The track featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid was released early last year. On the day of the song’s release, the lifeline received the second-highest daily call volume ever—over 4,573 calls.


                            Rapper Logic's track '1-800-273-8255' sparks spike in calls to suicide prevention helpline

"I've been on the low / I been taking my time / I feel like I'm out of my mind / It feel like my life ain't mine / Who can relate?"

The lyrics of rapper Logic’s most successful song begins with a cry for help. The artist, who battled depression and suicidal thoughts, titled the song 1-800-273-8255, the hotline number for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Artists performing the song at the 60th Grammy Awards. Source: Getty

The track featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid was released early last year. On the day of the song’s release, the lifeline received the second-highest daily call volume ever—over 4,573 calls.

The stats report from the National Suicide Prevention also highlighted that the number of Google searches for the lifeline's phone number "spiked significantly" on the song's release date by "more than 100 percent.”

Several crisis centers report that callers mentioned Logic's song as a reason for them to make the call.

The NSPL's report on the impact of the song. Source: Facebook

In a series of tweets, the rapper explained the motivation behind the  “most important song of his career”.

"Over the years so many of you guys have told me that my music has helped you through so many tough times.Many of you have told me it's even saved your life. I'm beyond humbled. But I felt I haven't done enough.... I made this song for all of you who are in a dark place and can't seem to find the light."

Source: Twitter

Logic, Cara, and Khalid performed the song together at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 27, and many suicide attempt survivors — wearing tees with the Lifeline's number on them — joining the artists on stage.

Khalid, Logic, and Alessia Cara perform onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Source: Getty

Almost nine months after the song’s release, there has been a positive difference in the number of people who have reached out to the lifeline and in social media engagement regarding this cause.

In 2017, the calls were up by 33% when compared to 2016, and the organization is observing three times the activity on Facebook. Google searches went up a 100% in late spring and have hit a steady 25% increase since. The number of unique visitors on the NSPL website rose from 300,000 a month to over 400,000. NSPL has over 160 crisis hotline centers across the country.

The backdrop had the lifeline number displayed the whole time. Source: Getty

The artists performed the track again at the 60th Grammy awards in 2018, with crisis volunteers wearing T-shirts with the lifeline number. 

You are not alone (Source: Getty Imges)

The director of NSPL’s, John Draper, told CNN, “We had the second-highest call volume in the history of our service the day of the song’s release. It’s remained high ever since.The veteran has worked in crisis intervention and suicide prevention for nearly 25 years.

The survivors and crisis workers wore T-shirts with the number and the message "You are not alone." Source: Getty

When asked about the performance that included survivors, Draper told Variety, that the significance is beyond the numbers. “To stand up there, not only with the number on their backs, but the message that you’re not alone—that, we thought, was most important to get out there. And Logic and his team effectively did that.”

Tarantino himself experienced the "dark place" a few years earlier. Source: Twitter

The song' powerful lyrics erase the misconception that suicide is a sign of weakness and acknowledges the heart-wrenching emotional journey a person with suicidal thoughts goes through.

The chorus emphasizes the thoughts that often run within the head of people at their most vulnerable moment.

I don't wanna be alive/I don't wanna be alive

I just wanna die today/I just wanna die

I don't wanna be alive?I don't wanna be alive

I just wanna die/And let me tell you why

The singer continues to spread the message. Source: Twitter

The song goes on to tug the exact chords that run within a lonely soul who is contemplating death over living a life of pain and isolation. The lyrics capture this inner turmoil perfectly.

All this other shit I'm talkin' 'bout they think they know it

I've been praying for somebody to save me, no one's heroic

And my life don't even matter, I know it, I know it

I know I'm hurting deep down but can't show it

I never had a place to call my own

I never had a home, ain't nobody callin' my phone

Where you been? Where you at? What's on your mind?

They say every life precious but nobody care about mine

The director of NSPL praised VMAs host Katy Perry for opening up about past her journey through mental illness and how she battled her suicidal thoughts. “We would love to hear more of a conversation.”

Hosts, Terrence J and Katy Perry, speak onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. (Source: Getty)

Talking about his personal life experience to the New York Post, Logic explains the “dark place” he found himself in late 2015. "I was so scared because I was thought I had to work, work, work, because I thought I might only be around for five years. I thought I wasn't good enough to last."

The singer had earlier spoken about his experience with anxiety and depression. (Source: Getty)

He learned about the most powerful weapon that helped him deal with his anxiety was a single word: NO.

He told the Post, ”I turn down really well-paid shows all over the world because I want to spend more time with my wife and myself. I could sit here and think, 'I got all these people around me that I need to pay,' which is true ... but ain't nobody getting paid if I'm dead.’”

Tarantino with his wife, Jessica Andrea, at the 60th Grammy Awards. (Source: Getty)

The second verse, fronted by Alessia Cara, expresses the response of a suicide hotline crisis worker.

"It's holding on though the road's long / And seeing light in the darkest things / And when you stare at your reflection / Finally knowing who it is / I know that you'll thank God you did."

Source: Wikipedia

The song ends with the new perspective the suicidal caller gains and the realization that things will get better no matter how unbearable it seems at the moment. 

"I don't wanna cry anymore / I wanna feel alive / I don't even wanna die anymore / Oh I don't wanna / I don't wanna / I don't even wanna die anymore"

Source: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

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