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This Gut-Wrenching VMA’s Performance Has Saved Countless Lives.

This week, MTV hosted its 34th annual Video Music Awards show. Each year, the VMA’s recognize excellence in music video released from the past year and celebrates the artists behind them.

It’s a fun night full of beautiful celebrities, rousing and sometimes funny speeches, and show-stopping performances. But one performance from this year’s VMA’s stood out from the rest as the most meaningful of all.


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27-year-old Logic, an American rapper and record producer performed one of his songs with the help of fellow artists Khalid and Alessia Cara. The name of the song? 1-800-273-8255.

Pretty unusual name for a song, right? But Logic picked it for an important reason. That’s the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


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During the performance, Logic sang on a stage covered with the phone number, projected in huge font.

Not only that, people who have survived suicide attempts flooded the stage at the end of the performance– many of them in tears– wearing shirts with the number on the front and the words “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” on the back.

The song’s lyrics are incredibly poignant. The first verse is a cry for help, straight from the mouth of someone who sees no hope.

The second verse is a response. It’s a plea for anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts to keep hanging on, to reach out for help. At the same time, it’s a powerful reminder to the rest of the world to reach out, to love, because you never know what the person next to you is going through.

When Logic first released the song, he did so with a string of tweets, explaining his motivation behind writing 1-800-273-8255.

The response to Logic’s song and performance has been overwhelming. John Draper, the director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline says calls to the hotline are up roughly 33% from this time last year.

“The impact has been pretty extraordinary,” he said. “On the day the song was released, we had the second-highest call volume in the history of our service.”

After the VMA performance, the lifeline reported a 50% increase in call volume.

“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.”


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Draper also adds that Logic’s song begs the question– “How, when a person in your life is in crisis, can you help them get through it?”

If you or a loved one are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s website for resources today.

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