For those of you who watched the VMA’s last week, then maybe you came across a performance that touched you.
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One of the best performances of the night was Logic’s performance featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid. His performance touched the hearts of many. For those of you who did not watch his performance, he performed his newest single, “1-800-273-8255.” What’s special about this song title is that it’s also the number to a suicide prevention lifeline. His song touches on suicide with lyrics such as, “I don’t wanna be alive.” His lyrics are for those who have attempted suicide or have had suicidal thoughts. This song is supposed to be a song to prevent people from ending their lives, which is the number one reason he made his song title the number of a suicide prevention lifeline. He then continues the song with lyrics such as, “I want you to be alive” meant for suicide survivors or anyone with suicidal thoughts to know that there are people who want you to stay, that your life matters.
He brought suicide survivors on stage to show those that who are struggling with their suicidal thoughts that they can survive this and be happy again. Everybody who was on stage with Logic had a shirt that said, “You Are Not Alone.” His performance was meant to show the world that you can overcome your struggles and thoughts and be happy, that you are not alone and that there are others there to help you reach happiness.
Logic also used his performance time to mention mental health issues, issues that you hardly see on the media. He used his performance to mention that he wants equality for all and that we need to be the voice for our children and future generations. His performance was also about bringing people together regardless of sex, gender, race, religion, etc. He was letting the world know that he will continue to fight for equality for everyone.
This performance touched many people, such as myself. Suicide is an important topic that people should be more vocal about. For those who believe that their life is worthless, understand that your life matters. You are important and that there are people who care about you and your well-being.
Because of Logic’s performance, calls to suicide hotlines went up 50%. If you are struggling with suicidal tendencies, please seek help and know that you are not alone. Please call -800-273-8255.
My name is Linda Tran. I'm 24 years old from Boston and I'm majoring in Marketing with a concentration in Social Media at the Southern New Hampshire University. A fun fact about me is that I learned coding and HTML at the age of 11.