The new song is named after the Lifeline’s national phone number and encourages individuals in crisis to reach out.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 28, 2017) – Today, Def Jam artist Logic released his single “1-800-273-8255” ahead of his upcoming album Everybody. The song is an anthem that shares a story of an individual in crisis who finds help, and encourages his fans and other individuals in crisis to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for support. Alongside the song’s release, several montage video PSAs were created and released that feature Logic’s fans expressing how his music has helped them, as well as the Lifeline logo and phone number.
The song “1-800-283-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline),” featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid, details the story of a person in suicidal crisis who calls the Lifeline and finds hope through the support of a Lifeline crisis counselor. “In [this song] we hear a person at the end of their rope,” says Logic. “We then hear words from the perspective of the Lifeline counselor who in turn gives them many reasons to keep fighting for their life…. Finally, we hear the caller express their new lease on life and outlook on a life that they thought was over but had actually been far from it all along."
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has long shared the message that suicide is preventable, and that healing, hope, and help are happening every day. For every person who dies by suicide, there are 278 individuals annually who think seriously about suicide but do not die. These untold stories can change lives.
“By sharing these stories of recovery from individuals who have been there and have survived their own crises, we can change the conversation about suicide from one of tragedy and isolation to one of hope,” says Dr. John Draper, Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. “It's an honor for us to be working alongside Logic to help people in despair find hope and meaning.”
The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provides free and confidential emotional support to people in crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC).
“At MHA-NYC, we thank Logic for raising awareness of the Lifeline’s 24/7 services, sharing a powerful story of hope and recovery, and adding his creative voice to the message of suicide prevention,” says Kimberly Williams, President of the Mental Health Association of New York City.
Listen to the song here or watch the PSA videos here. If you are in the United States and in crisis or emotional distress, call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) at any time. For more information about the Lifeline, visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.