What Mental Health Professionals Can Learn from the Musician, Logic

Millions tuned in to the 2018 Grammy Awards this year to to see performances from popular artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars.

But it was another performer who captivated our attention at Motivo. The musician: Logic.

This 27-year-old rapper, singer, songwriter and music producer gave an incredibly moving rendition of his suicide awareness anthem “1–800–273–8255,” titled after the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He was joined by co-collaborators Alessia Cara and Khalid.

In case you missed it, see it here:

Logic’s message was intentional. He has openly expressed his desire to “actually try to save lives” through his 2017 album, Everybody.

In the video below, he explains what led him to incorporate a life-saving message into his music:

Logic explains the meaning behind his hit suicide prevention song

And Logic is not alone. There is an increasing number of artists who are using their platforms to bring awareness to mental health struggles — artists like Demi Lavoto, Jay-Z, and Lady Gaga.

In so doing, these artists are sending us an inspiring message — there is power in speaking up.

And these messages could not be more timely. Sadly, we are seeing a rise in youth suicide rates across the country, according to recent studies.

As mental health professionals, we play an important role in addressing this heartbreaking trend. While providing quality crisis response services in the aftermath of a suicide attempt is central to our work, we also have an opportunity to proactively utilize our platform for suicide prevention.

Many youth and adults who struggle with suicidal ideation will never darken the door of a therapist’s office. You likely know well that less than half of adolescents access needed mental health care.

Because of this, we must look for opportunities to reach these youth in ways outside of traditional therapy, such as:

  • Remaining knowledgable about evidenced-based suicide prevention programs. See some of our favorites here, here and here.
  • Writing about the warning signs of suicidality and mental health conditions via blogs or professional publications.
  • Seek out opportunities to speak about suicide prevention and related resources within personal and professional circles.
  • Getting involved with local school systems to find out how we can help educate students and caregivers.
  • Sharing the music, lyrics and advocacy work of prominent public figures through our social media platforms.

Music has long been utilized as a tool for self-expression and therapy. These artists understand that their lyrics can, quite literally, be the deciding factor between someone choosing to end their life or to remain alive.

Kudos to Logic, and other artists, for using their platform in such impactful and inspiring ways. 

I don’t know about you, but we are officially a fan.