Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid have come together to create a hit song to bring awareness to suicide prevention. The song title, “1-800-273-8255,” is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This song was released in partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Throughout the song, Logic tells listeners that suicide is not the answer, and someone is always there to help.
The song begins from the point of view of an individual saying they want to take their own life as they call the suicide hotline. Logic raps lyrics such as “I feel like like I’m out of my mind/ I feel like my life ain’t mine” throughout the first hook of the song.
After this, Alessia Cara steps in to reassure the individual who wants to commit suicide that everything will be okay. Cara is meant to represent the response to the caller when she sings, “And when you stare at your reflection finally knowing who it is, I know that you’ll thank God you did.”
Khalid then begins singing as the result of the hotline call. He sings about how the pain does not hurt the same anymore, and he does not want to cry any longer. The song powerfully ends with the lyrics “I don’t even wanna die anymore.”
The chorus of the song says, “I want you to be alive/ You don’t gotta die today” repeatedly, giving listeners a powerful message to remember. These two lines can help anyone in their struggles as Logic speaks out and explains to his listeners that their lives are worth living.
At first, Logic was afraid of speaking out about his race and the state of our country, but he wanted to reassure people who are in a very dark place that everything would be alright. Since 2016, calls to the hotline have been up 33 percent, and Google searches went up 125 percent since spring 2017.. The National Suicide Prevention Line helps over 400,000 people each month, and this number has increased by 100,000 since the release of Logic’s song. “1-800-273-8255” has made a difference in the lives of many people and has showed them that they are not alone.