Song about a person in despair is now saving lives
LOS ANGELES -- A song about a desperate caller National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.is resonating with millions of listeners -- and saving lives. That's because the song's title, "1-800-273-8255," is also the phone number for the
Logic, a rapper and songwriter originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, came up with the single's concept: A person in despair reaching out to the hotline for help.
"This is about so much more than entertainment," he said.
In an upcoming segment for "CBS Sunday Morning," Logic told correspondent Michelle Miller he has never thought about committing suicide, but he has experienced firsthand what it's like to feel hopeless.
"You said that you struggled with anxiety?" Miller asked.
"Yeah, for sure, 100 percent. I was in the worst place of my life," he said. "I was happily married and yet I was unhappy."
Since the single's release back in April, calls are up 33 percent at crisis hotline centers around the country.
"If you show people positively coping through suicidal moments, research has shown that that can actually save lives and reduce the suicide rate," said John Draper, the director of Lifeline.
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