A rapper named Logic has a new charting song simply named “1-800-273-8255.” If you are not familiar with this number, it is a suicide prevention hotline number.
He performed the song live at the 2017 MTV VMAs on Sunday, with singers Alessia Cara and Khalid.
The song itself, much like the name, is about suicide prevention. The lyrics are actually quite relatable to many people who feel as though giving up is the best option. The song touches on those feelings, and then goes on to say that it is not the best option and that things get better.
The rapper was also joined by suicide attempt survivors, who wore t-shirts with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s phone number. As CNN reports, calls to the lifeline increased by 50 percent following the performance.
After his performance, the suicide hotline prevention said that their calls increased by 50 percent! That’s amazingly large and means that his song is doing exactly what he wanted it to: help people.
The lifeline director, John Draper, said that “It’s not just about the calls; it’s about increasing awareness about suicide, and suicide prevention in particular,” he continued, “The calls don’t even begin to count the number of people who, just by listening to the song and hearing the lyrics, feel more hopeful and less alone.”
Here is their heart-touching performance: