Logic's Song '1-800-273-8255' Saved Hundreds of Lives

By Kiani Shabazz

Logic’s hit song “1-800-273-8255” referencing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, may have helped to save hundreds of lives. A new study released this week found that the song surged an increase of callers to the prevention hotline.

The study, published Monday in the BMJ, found almost 10,000 calls went to the Lifeline — a 6.9% increase over the expected number — during 34 days in 2017 and 2018 when the song was receiving heightened public attention. And an estimated 245 fewer suicides took place in that same time period — 5.5% below the expected number.

The study looked at the days following the song’s release, Logic’s performance at the 2017 MTV Awards s with singers Alessia Cara and Khalid, and their appearance at the 2018 Grammys. According to the research, those events were also linked to a surge of activity connected to the song on Twitter. 

Logic said he wrote the song in hopes that it will help his fans deal with their mental health, telling CBS Sunday Morning” in 2017 that he “did not have suicidal thoughts, but his fans convinced him to tackle the subject.”

What’s a hip-hop song that’s saved your life?