If you don’t pay attention to pop music, you might not be aware that #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 is 1-800-273-8255. Yes, that’s the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and it’s also the title of a single from Logic. It’s a straightforward song about suicidality, in which Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid lay out the reasons people might not want to live, some of the reasons they should, and what it can feel like to come through that journey to the far side. It’s structured loosely as a conversation between someone calling for help and getting the help that they need.
The trio performed the song at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, putting that phone number and message out in front of an audiences of millions of viewers, with more on social media and YouTube. They were also joined by survivors who reminded viewers with mental health issues that they aren’t alone.
Logic has talked openly about his own mental health issues in the past, particularly with anxiety and related derealization. You can see him talk about his first panic attack and his feelings about anxiety and stigma in the video below.
Content warning: Sstrong language.