I'm sure a lot of us have heard of the song 897-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone (well maybe not some of my younger readers), but have you all heard the more recently released song 1-800-273-8255 by Logic ft Alessia Cara and Khalid?
Check out it out here: 1-800-273-8255 by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid
Now for those of you who don't know 1-800-273-8255 is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. According to Logic (American Rapper, born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II), the song details a conversation between someone who wants to commit suicide and a representative from the suicide prevention hotline. The song begins with lyrics such as
I've been praying for somebody to save me, no one's heroic/And my life don’t even matter/
I know it I know it I know I'm hurting deep down but can’t show it
Then the representative from the hotline jumps in:
You don't gotta die/I want you to be alive/Now lemme tell you why/What's the day without a little night?/I'm just tryna shed a little light/It can be so hard/But you gotta live right now
The song ends with the caller deciding to not commit suicide:
I finally wanna be alive/I don't wanna die today
In a culture where suicide just moved up to the #2 cause of death for teenagers it is encouraging to hear about songs like this and know that messages like there being other options to relieve emotional pain besides suicide are out there and recognition for the amazing work that those on the receiving end of the suicide lifeline calls do are entering the ears of our teens (this song was #47 on the top 100 Billboard chart a couple of weeks ago).
Also, this song is yet another way the door is opened for parents and trusted adults to talk to teens about suicide.
- Check out tips and guidelines for talking to your child about suicide put out by the The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
If you would like to hear more about rapper Logic's thoughts on his song 1-800-273-8255 check out this video here (be cautioned that there is some cussing in the video)
More about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline here