Towards the end of the 2017 MTV VMAs last Sunday, Logic took the stage with Khalid and Alessia Cara to perform “1-800-273-8255,” his track about his own struggles with severe depression and suicide prevention. The rapper was also joined by suicide attempt survivors, who wore t-shirts with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s phone number.
“It’s not just about the calls; it’s about increasing awareness about suicide, and suicide prevention in particular. “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.” – John Draper director of Lifeline
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.Watch Logic’s performance with Khalid and Alessia Cara below.